A&P Group completes work on Normand SevenYard News // October 9, 2007
A&P Tyne Ltd, part of A&P Group in the UK, has recently completed the conversion of Normand Seven into a pipelaying vessel for Subsea 7, one of the world’s leading subsea
engineering and construction companies.
In line with the original schedule, the 130m vessel will
shortly depart for Brazil to complete a contract laying flexible pipelines to a water depth of 2,000m.
The task for the team at A&P Tyne was to install and commission all the operational pipe-laying equipment in an aggressive timeframe – the steel structures required to support this equipment and provide a working platform were over 800te in weight alone.
To achieve this deadline the vessel was carefully surveyed whilst under construction in Norway. The structures were fabricated and extensively outfitted in smaller modules prior to the vessel’s arrival at A&P Tyne. This was only possible by utilising A&P’s dedicated and focused project management team and extensive fabrication facility, together with the support of a number of key operational partners.
Once the vessel was in drydock the modules, weighing up to 250te each, were lifted and located onboard. The manufacturing challenge didn’t end there as the prefabricated modules and the pipelaying equipment had to be positioned with millimetre accuracy to ensure optimum performance.
"During the project all parties worked together to ensure that a safe working environment was maintained. This resulted in a true safety first culture within the whole team which in turn delivered excellent project safety performance. This was especially challenging given the scale and complexity of the project and the number of simultaneous operations (ranging from construction through to commissioning) required to deliver the project," said the yard in a statement.
"Overall,the success of the project is linked to the strength of the Subsea 7 and A&P roject Management teams, the true artnership approach, the manufacturing facilities ad the safety first culture," said the company.
A&P Tyne’s Managing Director, Dave Skentelbery said: "Th is a great example where up front planning together with an integrated approach etween the client and the yard ensured a timely, safe delivery.”