Culzean on-schedule for first-gas in 2019 after platform jackets are installed

Gretchen Watkins watches the final installation of the third Culzean jacket
Gretchen Watkins watches the final installation of the third Culzean jacket

The Maersk Oil-operated high pressure, high temperature Culzean development in the North Sea is on schedule to deliver first-gas in 2019.

The Culzean field lies 145 miles east of Aberdeen and is estimated to produce between 60,000-90,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) at plateau production and produce for at least 13 years.

It will be capable of meeting 5% of UK gas demand by 2020-21.

The installation of Central Processing Facilities and the Utilities and Living Quarters jackets was completed last week, while the Wellhead Platform (WHP) jacket was installed last year.

Across the project, progress is steady and on track to meet the next key milestones.

Martin Urquhart, Culzean Project Director, said: “With the foundation of the Culzean installation firmly in place and waiting, focus is now fixed on finalising the construction of the three topsides and the Floating, Storage and Offload vessel Ailsa.

“We have just celebrated the completion of the deck stacking of the topsides and the sail away of these structures is on schedule for next year. Their installation will take us to the beginning of the hook up and commissioning campaign, the final step before first gas is delivered in 2019.”

Gretchen Watkins, Chief Executive, Maersk Oil, added: “Culzean was sanctioned less than two years ago and already we’ve progressed the project over the halfway mark.

“We’re continuing to hit our milestones on time and this progress means we’re on track to deliver first gas in 2019.

“Completing the installation safely and on time is a great achievement when you consider the sheer scale of the structures involved; the combined weight of the jackets is over 22,000 tonnes,  the equivalent of  around 30 jumbo jets per jacket.”

24 July 2017

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