First Golden Eagle jacket in place in North Sea

The crane barge Saipem 7000 has installed the wellhead jacket for Nexen’s Golden Eagle development in the UK central North Sea.

Golden Eagle wellhead jacket
Golden Eagle wellhead jacket

Offshore staff

CALGARY, Canada – The crane barge Saipem 7000 has installed the wellhead jacket for Nexen’s Golden Eagle development in the UK central North Sea.

In late May the 6,500-metric ton (7,165-ton), 130-m (426-ft) tall steel jacket sailed from the Heerema Vlissingen yard in the Netherlands to its offshore location 70 km (43.5 mi) northeast of Aberdeen.

The jacket was secured to the seabed last month by 12 96-in. dia. piles driven around 50 m (164 ft) into the seafloor. It is now ready to receive the wellhead deck, which is being prepared for transportation from Lamprell’s fabrication yard in Jebel Ali, Dubai.

Throughout April and May Technip installed theGolden Eagle oil and gas export pipelines, infield flowlines, and associated subsea structures, with up to 10 vessels in operation.

Next to be loaded out and installed from Vlissingen will be the Golden Eagleproduction, utilities and quarters jacket, which was fabricated in parallel with the wellhead jacket – a first for the yard.

7/11/2013

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