Minerva Platform Successfully Installed

John Brown and Heerema successfully completed the installation of the Minerva Platform - 9 days ahead of schedule.

John Brown, responsible for the detail design and the procurement of major equipment, started work on September 20, 2001. The platform sailed-away from Heerema's Hartlepool yard on August 7, 2002 and was installed on August 11, 2002, 9 days ahead of a very demanding schedule.

The overall Juno Project is a development of five gas fields in the Easington Catchment Area of the Southern North Sea. These fields are Minerva, Apollo, Artemis, Whittle and Wollaston. The partners in the Juno development, or the "joint development team" are BG, Amerada Hess and BP.

The platform that Heerema and John Brown Hydrocarbons Limited have designed and built is part of the Juno development and is called the "Minerva Hub". It is located approximately 13 km to the west of the existing Cleeton offshore complex.

Minerva is a minimum facility, normally unattended platform, incorporating two local wellheads as well as sub-sea tie-ins from the Apollo and Artemis fields. Fluids from these fields will be commingled on Minerva and the gas and liquid production will be exported by pipeline to the ECA Riser Tower platform, which is part of the Cleeton complex. The Whittle and Wollaston sub-sea completions (by others) are routed direct to Cleeton.

The platform topsides weighs approx. 800 Tons and the 4 legged jacket approximately 850 Tons.

John Brown Hydrocarbons Limited was responsible for the detail design and the procurement of major equipment and Heerema for the fabrication and onshore commission. Heerema Marine Contractors (part of the Heerema Group) were responsible for the installation of the topsides and jacket.

John Brown and Heerema successfully completed the project in just 11 months from start to finish. This was an exceptional achievement, particularly as the design phase started in parallel with the final sub-surface appraisal. It has meant a lot of hard work by a lot of people to meet the very demanding "fast-track" schedule.


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