Platform

Engineering and consulting firm Arup has completed installation of the offshore Malampaya Depletion Compression Platform (DCP) at Shell’s Malampaya Phase 3 gas field in the West Philippine Sea off the coast of Palawan.

The new 13,000t self-installing offshore natural gas platform will ensure a steady supply of natural gas to the Philippines.

Arup was selected by Shell Philippines Exploration SPEX to provide engineering support services for the fabrication and installation of the substructure.

According to the company, the completed facility supports the extension of the domestic producing natural gas source in the country.

The platform provides 40%-50% of the power generation needs for the island of Luzon.

"Mobilising resources as required from both their local Manila office and international oil and gas teams has ensured the project was delivered successfully."

Arup provided ongoing support at the time of fabrication and installation to ensure that the substructure design was implemented safely.

The company used the 1,500t gantry crane specifically mobilised for the project to optimise modularisation and integration of the substructure in the dry-dock.

Arup also provided technical supervision throughout the offshore works to ensure the design intent and tolerances were achieved.

SPEX engineering manager Martyn Turner said: "The Arup team has been outstanding during the fabrication and installation of the new platform.

"Mobilising resources as required from both their local Manila office and international oil and gas teams has ensured the project was delivered successfully."

Arup has also developed the concept for the 43m bridge link connecting the platform to the existing CGS platform, which was delivered by the company in 2000.


Image: The platform will ensure a steady supply of natural gas to the Philippines. Photo: © Arup.