Maersk Oil and Heerema Fabrication Group have cut the first steel plate for the Culzean WHP jacket at the official ceremony held at Heerema Vlissingen yard.
The jacket for the WHP is the first to be constructed and installed in range of the Culzean field and will be approximately 114 m tall with a footprint of 31 x 31 m and a top of 22 x 22 m.
The total expected scope of the Culzean project for execution at HFG’s yards will represent approximately 7,100 tons fabrication work.
The cutting marked the start of the project and the construction is due for completion in March 2016.
The Culzean field is situated in the UK sector of the Central North Sea approximately 200 km east of Aberdeen in license block 22/25a. The water depth is approximately 88 m and the reservoir is located around 4,300 m below sea level.
The overall Culzean development concept consists of a wellhead platform, a central processing facility platform and a separate utilities and living quarter platform with capacity for over 100 people. The platforms will be linked via two bridges approximately 100 m in length.
The total investment for the project is expected to be in excess of £3bn (US$4.7bn).