Giant Valhall deck enters final phase

The main deck for BP Norge’s new Valhall platform is nearing completion, according to Heerema Fabrication Group.

Offshore staff

ZWIJNDRECHT, Netherlands -- The main deck for BP Norge’s new Valhall platform is nearing completion, according to Heerema Fabrication Group.

Over the weekend, the 11,000-metric ton (12,125-ton) structure was transferred from the main fabrication hall at the Heerema Zwijndrecht yard for further completion work outdoors.

Heerema was awarded the fabrication and integration contract in March 2007. The deck structure comprises an integrated production and accommodation facilities topsides with a 350-metric ton (386-ton) flare boom, construction of which started eight months after the main contract award. Last June, the yard was also selected to build the 2,000-metric ton (2,205-ton) weather deck module.

BP Valhall’s new deck will measure 100 m (328 ft) long, 47 m (154 ft) wide and 50 m (164 ft) high. All the component structures, plus two bridges, should sail out of Zwijndrecht during May-June to the field in the North Sea. On completion, the topsides will weigh over 13,000 metric tons (14,330 tons), excluding the power-from-shore module and the living quarters.

According to Heerema, 1,200 personnel were engaged simultaneously on this project, working a total of over 2 million man-hours, with additional supply chain jobs created for other companies nearby and elsewhere in the Netherlands.

02/01/2010

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