Genius Vos has been awarded a contract by Shell Exploration and Production Europe for the engineering, procurement, fabrication, transport and installation of two minimal facility platforms, Cutter and K17-FA.

The platforms are destined for the southern part of the North Sea, Cutter in the UK sector and K17 in the Dutch sector. They are based on an innovative and unique concept. The substructure consists of a single 4.2 m diameter pile, with the pile head just above the seabed, and a 2.5 m diameter monotower grouted inside the monopile. On top of the monotower is a topside structure weighing approximately 150 tonnes. Installation will be performed by Seafox 4, fitted with a special crane for the job.

Manufacture will commence on completion of the engineering phase in January 2005. Sailaway from IJmuiden is scheduled for June 2005 with offshore installation due for completion early July 2005.