Work under way on new North Sea Montrose platform
Heerema Fabrication Group’s Zwijndrecht yard has started construction of the Montrose BLP (bridge-linked platform) topsides for Talisman Sinopec Energy UK.
The 8,500-ton topsides will serve the Montrose and Arbroath field area in the UK Central North Sea. The completed structure will be 75 m (246 ft) long, 44 m (144 ft) wide, and 40 m (131 ft) high. A bridge will link the existing Montrose Alpha platform to the new Montrose BLP facility.
Heerema expects the project to create more than 1.3 million man hours of fabrication, with on average 500 people working at the yard. The topsides and bridge should be ready for load out in April 2015.
The topsides will be assembled in the company’s covered hall under controlled conditions.