On 18 June Thialf, one of the world’s biggest heavy lift vessels, lifted the 9,000 tonne steel jacket into position on the North Sea Valemon field.
The 160 metre high construction is the biggest steel jacket installed in one lift on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) and first major part-delivery on the Valemon development project. The operation was carried out as planned and the project is on schedule.
The jacket, which was built by the Heerema Fabrication Group BV in Vlissingen in the Netherlands, was transported from the shipyard and out to the field by the crane barge.
"We are very pleased with this delivery from Heerema Fabrication Group BV, a new supplier to Statoil of steel jackets of this size," says Anders Opedal, who heads up Projects.