Heerema nabs two major EPC contracts with RWE Dea in the UK North Sea: Breagh A and Clipper South

Source: Heerema Fabrication Group

Heerema Fabrication Group has been awarded two Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract awards by RWE Dea for its Breagh A and Clipper South developments in the UK North Sea

Heerema has been awarded the EPC contract of a minimum facilities platform for the Breagh A Development. This is the second contract this year to be awarded by RWE Dea, following an award of an EPC contract in April 2010 for a minimum facilities platform for the Clipper South Development. 

For the Breagh A development, Heerema will construct the jacket, topsides and piles at their Vlissingen yard in the Netherlands with a planned delivery date of late July 2011. The jacket will be approximately 85 meters tall with a total weight (including the piles) of some 4,000 tonnes. The topsides will weigh approximately 1,400 tonnes. 

The Breagh A field is located in UKCS block 42/13 of the southern North Sea in 62 meters water depth, approximately 100 kilometers to the east of Teesside. Gas will be exported via a 20-inch-diameter pipeline to be laid from the platform to the UK mainland. 

The jacket, topsides and piles for the Clipper South development will also be constructed in Heerema’s yard in Vlissingen, with a planned delivery date of early July 2011. The jacket will be approximately 40 meters tall with a total weight (including the piles) of some 1,160 tonnes. The topsides will weigh approximately 2,000 tonnes. 

The Clipper South field is located in UKCS blocks 48/19 and 48/20 of the southern North Sea in 23 meters water depth, approximately 169 kilometers to the east of the Theddlethorpe gas processing terminal. 

As operator RWE Dea holds a 50 percent interest, with the remaining 50 percent stake held by Fairfield Acer Limited (a wholly owned subsidiary of Fairfield Energy plc). The Clipper South gas field lies in the Sole Pit basin within the Rotliegend tight-gas play fairway, and produced gas will be exported to the UK. 

“The EPCs are a major milestone in bringing both fields into production. We are happy to award these contracts to such an experienced contractor as Heerema Vlissingen. We hope to achieve initial gas production of Clipper South during Q1 2012, with Breagh to follow during Q3 2012,” said Ralf to Baben, Chief Operating Officer of RWE Dea AG.



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