MOSCOW – Lukoil has installed the jackets for the fixed ice-resistant platform at the V.I. Grayfer field in the Russian sector of the Caspian Sea.
The offshore operations involved more than 300 workers.
The cargo pontoon Rahman Sharifov transported the more than 3,700-metric ton (4,079-ton) jackets via the Volga-Caspian seaway canal.
Construction of the platform jackets started in August 2018. A shipyard in Astrakhan that built and assembled the structure applied a special Russian technology of hull metallization which guarantees long lasting operation of the substructure and prevents corrosion in the North Caspian environment, Lukoil said.
The company plans to mount the topsides of the accommodation and the ice resistant platforms on the jackets in 2021. The accommodation platform jacket was installed in May.
Production is expected to begin in 2022, with anticipated annual output of 1.2 MM metric tons (1.32 MM tons) of oil.