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Heerema Fabrication Group (HFG) completed the construction of the minimum facilities platforms for the Clipper South Development and the Breagh Alpha Development. Both EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) contracts were awarded by RWE Dea UK.
At the HFG Vlissingen fabrication location, the 900 tons jacket with a height of 43 meters and the 2,300 tons topsides of the Clipper South platform were constructed in just 14 months after contract award in April 2010. The Clipper South topsides, which has accommodation for 40 persons, sailed away from the Heerema Vlissingen yard to its final destination on August 25 and was successfully installed offshore on August 27. The Clipper South platform is installed in a water depth of approximately 23 meters with gas export via a 12" pipeline connecting the platform to the ConocoPhillips-operated LOGGS complex for onwards transportation to the Theddlethorpe terminal in the UK.
In parallel at the HFG Vlissingen location, the 1,700 tons Breagh Alpha jacket with a length of 84 meters was built, whilst the 1,271 tons topsides was constructed at the Zwijndrecht location. After contract award on July 31, 2010, the construction of the topsides began in December 2010 and the jacket in March 2011. Construction of the Breagh Alpha platform was completed within a year of contract award. Currently, the Breagh Alpha topsides and jacket are ready for offshore installation by our sister company Heerema Marine Contractors. The Breagh field is located in UKCS blocks 42/12a and 42/13a of the Southern North Sea in 62 meters water depth, approximately 100 kilometers east of Teesside.
Wim Matthijssen, COO of Heerema Fabrication Group commented, "Executing two fast track projects, in parallel to the highest achievable completion and commissioning levels onshore in one year provided an enormous challenge. A tremendous achievement which could only be reached thanks to the commitment of our dedicated project teams and workforce at both yards, suppliers and subcontractors. Both contract awards are a result of our expertise gained on previous RWE projects and the confidence of our client, RWE, in our ability to execute fast track EPC projects. A confidence we were able to live up to and deliver."