Hartlepool offshore yard’s joy as major new contract secures 250 jobs

A massive jobs-boosting contract has been revealed for a Hartlepool yard.

The Heerema Fabrication Group has won a contract to build the parts for an oil platform which will operate in the Culzean field in the North Sea.


The deal to build the platform’s jackets means work for 250 people in Hartlepool and Heerema chief executive Koos-Jan van Brouwershaven said: “It puts us in the position to continue to build on the strong and pleasant relationship with Maersk Oil North Sea UK.


“For the duration of the work on the jackets in the UK we expect to support 250 energy jobs for the local Hartlepool community including our Heerema Hartlepool yard.”


  The work covers engineering, procurement and construction parts of the deal.


It will cover both the central processing facilities platform and the utility and living quarter platform.


It is the second contract that HFG has won for the Culzean project.


Last October, it won the contract for the Culzean wellhead platform jacket, wellhead access deck and access ways.


As part of the new deal, six pile sleeve clusters will be fabricated at Heerema’s Hartlepool facility - and that’s on top of the access deck which is already being made at the yard.


Culzean is one of the largest gas discoveries of recent years in the UK sector of the North Sea.


The jackets being made in Hartlepool will each be more than 300ft-tall.


The jacket for the central processing facilities will weigh almost 8,000 tonnes.


The top of the utility and living quarter will weigh 6,800 tonnes. Construction is due to start in January next year and officials expect the finished project to be ready for sail away in June 2017.


The Culzean field was discovered in 2008. It has the potential to meet around five per cent of UK gas consumption in 2020/21 and the first gas is expected to be ready in 2019.


Mr van Brouwershaven added: “We are very pleased that we have been able to secure this second contract for the Culzean Field Development.”


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