First North Sea Cygnus jacket sails away

Offshore staff

METHIL, UK – The Alpha wellhead jacket for GDF Suez E&P UK’s Cygnus field has departed Scotland and is sailing to its offshore location in the UK southern North Sea.

Burntisland Fabrication (BiFab) built the 39.7-m (130-ft) high, 1,146-metric ton (1,263-ton) structure at its yards in Methil and Burntisland on the Scottish east coast. It took roughly a year to complete following cutting of first steel in May 2013.

BiFab is also building Cygnus’ three other platform jackets, with a total tonnage of 8,000 metric tons (8,818 tons). Jacket numbers two and three are expected to be completed this summer followed by jacket number four in April 2015.

Jean-Claude Perdigues, managing director of GDF Suez E&P UK, said: “Offshore deployment is now well under way, with other subsea and topside infrastructure already en route to site, 150 km (93 mi) off the coast of Lincolnshire.”


Alpha wellhead jacket for GDF Suez E&P UK’s Cygnus field

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