Russian oil and gas firm Lukoil has installed a jacket for an accommodation platform in the V.I. Grayfer field in the Caspian Sea.

A company spokesperson said the installation involved 110 workers and nine vessels. The facility was brought to the offshore installation site through the Volga-Caspian Shipping Canal.

After the completion of the float-over and grounding, the substructures were fixed with ten piles of 56m in length each, a total weight of 1,700t.

Discovered in 2001, the Valery Grayfer field is 160km from the port of Astrakhan and 100km from the western coast.

Lukoil said in a statement: “Like all other platforms of the company in the Caspian Sea, quarters platform jacket was constructed at shipyards of the Astrakhan Region.

“The design life of the facility is 35 years. Built to endure significant ice loads, the jacket was engineered with special consideration of safety and environmental protection requirements.”

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By the end of this year, Lukoil plans to install a jacket for an offshore ice-resistant fixed platform elsewhere in the Grayfer field.

The company plans to mount topsides on the substructures for these two platforms in 2021.

Commercial oil production from the V.I. Grayfer field is scheduled for 2022. The field is designed to have a 1.2 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) capacity.

Last month, the company announced the launch of the jacket for the accommodation platform as part of the field development.