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October 15, 2014

Heerema Hartlepool to support Maersk Oil UK’s Culzean project

Heerema Hartlepool has secured a contract to support Maersk Oil North Sea UK’s Culzean development project.

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Heerema Hartlepool has secured a contract to support Maersk Oil North Sea UK’s Culzean development project.

The contract requires Heerema to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the project’s well head platform (WHP) jacket.

Heerema will construct the WHP jacket and piles, as well as the well head access deck and access ways.

The well head access deck and access ways will be fabricated in Hartlepool, while the WHP jacket is planned to be built in Vlissingen in the Netherlands.

Commenting the WHP jacket award, Maersk Oil UK managing director Martin Rune Pedersen said: "The Culzean project continues to progress well. This award has been made on schedule and three weeks after steel cutting began on the heavy duty jack-up rig, which will commence drilling in Q2 2016, subject to final approvals."

"This award has been made on schedule and three weeks after steel cutting began on the heavy duty jack-up rig."

Hercules Offshore is the provider of the newbuild jackup rig for the Culzean development, which has the potential to meet around 5% of UK gas demand in 2020 and 2021.

Maersk Oil UK operates the project with a 49.99% interest while JX Nippon and Britoil (BP) own 34.01% and 16% stakes respectively.

Culzean is a ultra high-pressure / high-temperature (uHP/HT) field discovered in 2008 in Block 22/25 of the UK Central North Sea.

The field is expected to have a peak production rate of 400 to 500 million standard cubic feet per day.

The final investment decision on the project is expected to be announced in 2015 and the overall development cost of the field is estimated to be over £3bn.


Image: Heerema will provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the project’s well head platform jacket. Photo: courtesy of KBR Training Solutions.

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