GSP Shipyard to build tension mooring barges for Aasta Hansteen

GSP Shipyard has signed an agreement with Norway’s SL Mekaniske, a provider of steel structures for the offshore industry, for the construction of four tension mooring barges for the Aasta Hansteen field development project. 

The works are part of the of the complete inshore mooring installation system of Statoil’s spar platform Aasta Hansteen that will be installed offshore Norway.

As subcontractor of the project, GSP Shipyard will perform the supply, fabrication, test and deliver of four 14,50 m x 20,00 m x 3,00 m tension barges equipped with a system for tensioning and lock off chain. The operations will be performed under the supervision of DNV-GL.

The operations under the contract will start in June 2016 and are expected to be completed by the end of October 2016.

The Aasta Hansteen spar is currently being built by Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea as part of the development of the Aasta Hanster gas field, and will be the first spar in Norwegian waters, with a total hull length of 195 meters.

Technip is the general contractor of the engineering, procurement, construction and transportation of the spar hull, the mooring systems as well as the design of the steel catenary risers.

The Norwegian company Statoil is the operator of the Aasta Hansteen field development project, and its partners are Wintershall, OMV and ConocoPhillips.

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