Offshore Equatorial Guinea gas compression platform departs the Netherlands

Offshore staff

ZWIJNDRECHT, the Netherlands – The Alba B3 compression platform has departed the Heerema Fabrication Group (HFG) yard near Rotterdam and is on its way to its final destination offshore Equatorial Guinea.

HFG executed the engineering, procurement, and commissioning scope jointly executed with Iv-Oil & Gas. In addition, HFG is responsible for offshore installation, commissioning, and hook-up.

Operator Marathon E.G. Production awarded the contract in March 2014. Construction was performed at various sites, with Iv managing engineering work at its head office in Papendrecht and in Houston.

The 5,800-metric ton (6,393-ton) topsides, built at HFG’s Zwijndrecht yard, measures 40 x 40 m (131 x 131 ft) with a height of 35 m (115 ft). It will compress gas from the Alba gas/condensate field, 32 km (20 mi) offshore Malabo to the processing facilities onshore at Bioko Island.

HFG’s yard in Vlissingen built the 2,600-metric ton (2,866-ton), 91-m (298-ft) high jacket. Malabo-based ECG built the 33-m (108-ft) long bridge to connect the Alba B3 platform to the existing Alba B2 facility, and also the 73-m (239-ft) high flare.

The barge transporting the topsides, jacket, and pile sleeves will meet Heerema Marine Contractors’ crane vessel Thialf early next year at its final offshore destination in the Gulf of Guinea.


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