The Cygnus project, which will develop the largest gas discovery in the Southern North Sea in the last 25 years is about to reach the next milestone, Construction of the Cygnus Alpha Platform, the first of four platforms for the Cygnus field, is nearing completion at Heerema’s fabrication yard in Hartlepool.
The 1,640 tonne Cygnus Alpha Wellhead topsides will leave the fabrication hall of Heerema Hartlepool’s Victoria Dock facility today. Further work, including installation of the platform crane, mechanical completion and commissioning activities, will be completed on the dock side. The Alpha Wellhead topsides, at 23 x 23 x 10 metres in size is scheduled for completion in Spring 2014.
In August 2012, GDF SUEZ E&P UK and its partners, Centrica Energy and Bayerngas, appointed Heerema Fabrication Group’s Hartlepool yard to build three topsides, a compression module, two bridges and a flare tower for the four offshore platforms for the Cygnus project.
The 4,400 tonne process and utilities topsides for the Alpha platform are also currently under construction, as well as the 3,500 tonne wellhead topsides for the Bravo platform, both with a scheduled delivery in the first half of 2015.