Valhall deck in transit to Norway

BP Norge’s new Valhall main deck has set sail from the Netherlands for the Norwegian North Sea.

Offshore staff

ZWIJNDRECHT, Netherlands -- BP Norge’s new Valhall main deck has set sail from the Netherlands for the Norwegian North Sea.

Heerema Zwijndrecht won the fabrication and integration contract in March 2007 for the 11,000-metric ton (12,125-ton) integrated production and hotel facility topsides, and later that year the 350-metric ton (386-ton) flare boom structure.

In June 2009, BP also contracted the yard for fabrication of the Valhall’s 2,000-metric ton (2,204-ton) weather deck module.

The BP Valhall main deck is 100 m (328 ft) long, 47 m (154 ft) wide and 50 m (164 ft) high, with a total height after crane installation of 68.5 m (225 ft). Over the next few days, the flare boom, bridges 1 and 2, and the weather deck module, flare boom and bridge also should depart for Norway.

Tino Vinkesteijn, managing director of Heerema Zwijndrecht, said: “This project is our biggest to date and demonstrates our flexibility to manage challenging complex projects… It furthermore has created substantial employment for more than 2.5 million man hours at our yard and subsequent supply chain.”

Chris Ruthven, Topsides project manager BP, added: “This has been a huge undertaking. The BP Valhall Re-Development is a complex project designed for 40 years and built to high specifications.”


07/16/2010

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