New berth operational at Port of LerwickNews // March 12, 2012
Another deepwater facility at Lerwick Harbour has been brought into operation ahead of schedule to support a major subsea project in the North Sea.
Work was accelerated on an 80m section of the quay under development at Greenhead to make it available for use by Technip.
Technip announced in September that it had been awarded a contract by Maersk Oil North Sea UK Limited for the Gryphon Area Reinstatement Programme, covering installation of 15 dynamic risers, two dynamic and two static umbilicals and 11 flexible flowlines, as well as subsea equipment. Technip will utilise Lerwick Harbour as its main offshore support base during execution of this project.
Designated Berth Seven, the new quay was originally due for completion this month, but the Technip requirement meant Lerwick Port Authority advancing the timetable for most of the facility. The section was handed over by the main contractor, Tulloch Developments, on 20 February.
Early completion has enabled Technip to hire in a specialist crane erected on the portís latest heavy-lift pad which is incorporated into the quay. The 1,250 tonne capacity Sarens crane is believed to be the biggest yet seen at the harbour.
The vessel Abis Belfast arrived on 27 February with the first of numerous deliveries of reels by various vessels.
More recently, the ROV support vessel Fugro Symphony berthed at the new quay to collect the first of the reels, weighing up to 270 tonnes each, for installation on the field in a project expected to take around six months.
International logistics and marine service companies Peterson SBS and GAC Shipping, are providing support to Technip from local bases.