V. Filanovsky substructures sail out to Caspian Sea

Offshore staff

ASTRAKHAN, Russia – Platform substructures were due to be towed last week to the LUKOIL-operated Vladimir Filanovsky field in the Russian sector of the Caspian Sea.

The structures will support the living quarters module platform (LQP-1) and riser block (RB).

On arrival, the facilities were due to be fixed to the seafloor, close to the substructures for the ice-resistant stationary platform (IRP-1).

The LQP-1 substructures, weighing over 2,000 tons, will be secured via 16 piles driven 60 m (197 ft) into the seabed. The RB substructure will be secured via eight 2-m (6.5-ft) diameter pillars.

All are being assembled by a transport and installation barge with a crane load capacity of 400 tons.

Next step is assembly of the substructures for the central processing platform (CPP), followed next year by installation of the topsides for IRP-1, LQP-1, RB and CPP, and their connecting bridges.

Yards in Astrakhan are building all the Vladimir Filanovsky field facilities. Development drilling should start next year with first oil scheduled for 2015.


V. Filanovsky substructures sail out to Caspian Sea
V. Filanovsky quarters module substructures sail out to Caspian Sea. (Lukoil photograph)

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