Heerema Successfully Completes Sean Compression Project

Heerema Hartlepool, one of the three construction yards of Heerema Fabrication Group (HFG), has recently completed the construction of a 2,000-ton compression module for Shell U.K. Ltd.

The load-out of the 2,000-ton Sean Compression Module at the Heerema Hartlepool yard on August 2 marked the successful completion of the construction for its client Shell U.K. Ltd. After the necessary sea fastening operation on the AMT Discoverer barge, the unit with a length of 28 meters, a width of 30 meters and a height of 22 meters has set sail for its final destination in the U.K. Southern North Sea on August 28. Installation of the module will be performed by Heerema Marine Contractor’s Hermod crane vessel.

Shell U.K. awarded Heerema Hartlepool the fabrication contract in June 2006 after conclusion of the concept selection study. This study work concluded that the optimum concept would be a new compression module located on the existing PD platform topsides.

The total construction work at the Heerema Hartlepool yard took 12 months to complete, having started in July 2006.

"With the sail-away of the Sean Compression module from our site in Hartlepool we are proud to have successfully completed another construction unit on time. We worked closely with Shell to further enhance our safety record on this project. Thanks to our dedicated and experienced people and the talent to manage today’s complex, multi-disciplined projects, we can continue to be successful in a highly competitive market", says Bill Fahy of Heerema Hartlepool.

The successful completion of the Sean Compression project will help Shell to meet its supply contracts in the U.K. for peak gas demand during winter periods. The owners of the Sean Field are BP (50%), Shell (25%) and Exxon Mobil (25%), with Shell being the operator.

Heerema Fabrication Group (HFG) is headquartered in Zwijndrecht, the Netherlands. HFG offers innovative, cost-effective and high quality engineering and construction solutions for structures to the global oil & gas industry through efficient EPCI management capabilities with the highest regard to safety and environmental issues. HFG owns three fabrication yards of which two are situated in the Netherlands (Zwijndrecht and Vlissingen) and one in the United Kingdom (Hartlepool), as well as a multi-disciplined consulting engineering company with offices in the U.S.A. (New Orleans and Houston). This engineering firm, HFG Engineering US, is specialized in onshore and offshore facility designs with an emphasis on ease of operations and constructability. Heerema Fabrication Group employs over 1,100 people and is part of the Heerema Group of companies.