First Clair Ridge topside modules installedProjects and Operations // June 26, 2015
BP and its co-venturers, ConocoPhillips, Chevron and Shell, have confirmed the installation of the Clair Ridge platform’s quarters and utilities (QU) topside modules.
The QU platform comprises three modules – the quarters and utilities integrated deck (QUID) which has a lift weight of 9,400 tonnes; the power generation (GM) module which has a lift weight of 4,550 tonnes; and the living quarters (LQ) module which has a lift weight of 2,210 tonnes.
All of the modules were safely lifted onto the pre-installed jackets by Heerema's heavy lift vessel Thialf.
The hook up and commissioning of these modules has created over 600 jobs, including six electrical apprentices, all of which have recently been recruited through Amec Foster Wheeler.
Clair Ridge is a multi-billion investment in the second phase of development on the Clair field which lies 75km to the west of the Shetland Islands. T
he project comprises two new bridge-linked platforms and new pipeline infrastructure to connect storage and redelivery facilities on Shetland. The next major milestone will be the installation of the production and drilling (DP) platform topside modules, scheduled for summer 2016, with production expected to commence in late 2017.