Today the ceremonial first cut of steel for the Alba field B3 compression platform project was celebrated by operator Marathon E.G. Production Limited (MEGPL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marathon Oil Corporation and Heerema Fabrication Group (HFG) together with its project partner Iv-Oil & Gas (Iv) at HFG’s Poland fabrication facility in Opole.
Bryan K. Wallace, Alba B3 Platform Project Manager, performed the first cut of the steel, which will be used to build the 4,500 ton Alba B3 compression topside destined for the Alba gas and condensate field. The Alba field is located approximately 20 miles offshore north of Bioko Island in Equatorial Guinea.
HFG as main contractor will manage the overall project and jointly execute the EPC scope from Iv-AGA’s (a subsidiary of Iv-Groep) offices in Houston, United States. Immediately after the project was awarded in April 2013, the design and engineering started. The T&I of the platform has been subcontracted to HFG’s sister division Heerema Marine Contractors in Leiden, the Netherlands.