Heerema Fabrication Group’s Vlissingen yard in the Netherlands celebrated the ceremonial first cut steel of the Gina Krog jacket, the largest launch jacket ever built at HFG for client Statoil Petroleum AS and destined for the Gina Krog field development in the central part of the North Sea.
Mr Svein Olav Høyland, Asset owner Representative of Statoil, performed the first cut of steel, which will be used to build the 17,000 tons Gina Krog jacket. The steel cutting took place at the yard of Heerema Fabrication Group (HFG) in Vlissingen (the Netherlands), where the jacket will be built. The Gina Krog jacket will be the largest launch jacket ever to be constructed at HFG’s Vlissingen fabrication facility. The jacket will be approximately 142 meters tall with a footprint of 60 x 50 meters and a top of 42.5 x 26.25 meters. The approximately 250 tons weighing pre-drilling wellhead module of 16 x 17 x 4 meters, will accommodate the phased development of the Gina Krog field and will be integrated into the topsides cellar deck.
The project award to HFG in February 2013 followed the successfully completed FEED study of the jacket by HFG’s engineering firm, HFG Engineering. Recently HFG Engineering completed the detailed design of the jacket main structure after which the construction of this record breaking 17,000 tons jacket started at Heerema Vlissingen. The delivery of the jacket and PDM (pre-drilling module) is scheduled for sail away in April 2015.