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Second crane approved for Shell, BP, Chevron UK project

31st January 2013

Second Kenz crane successfully completes FAT for USD 7bn Clair Ridge development project

Second crane approved for Shell, BP, Chevron UK project
The two new, bridge-linked platforms are scheduled to be installed in 2015

Dutch based Kenz Cranes last week successfully completed the factory acceptance test (FAT) of the second crane for the USD 7bn Clair Ridge development project, involving supermajor BP and its co-venturers ConocoPhillips, Chevron and Shell.

In October 2011, the four energy majors received approval from the UK government to proceed with the second phase of development of the giant Clair field.

The USD 7bn development project – called Clair Ridge – involves the construction and installation of two new, bridge-linked platforms, scheduled to be installed in 2015.

The third and last crane is scheduled to be tested in the middle of February. After the last crane is fully tested and commissioned, the three cranes will be transported to Korea to be installed onto the Clair Ridge platforms.

Production is expected to commence in 2016 and the new facilities are being designed for 40 years of production. The new development will have the capability to produce an estimated 640 million barrels of oil and will provide a hub for future expansion, subject to further appraisal. Peak production is expected to be up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day. 

The Clair oilfield is located in the UK’s Continental Shelf, 75 kilometres west of Shetland in water depths of up to 140 metres. It extends over an area of some 220 square kilometres, covering five licence blocks.

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