Kenz Cranes, a Dutch company specializing in offshore lifting and hoisting solutions, last month delivered a set of three identical boom hoist cranes for Clair Ridge project offshore UK.
The cranes, with a hoisting capacity of 55 tonnes each, will be installed on BP’s new Clair Ridge Platforms.
Kenz Cranes received the order from Amec, operating as EPC contractor for the Clair Ridge project, on June 24th 2011 and delivered the custom made cranes within 2 years. Factory testing for the cranes occurred on December 11th, January 21st and February 11th respectively at the Kenz facility in Zaandam, the Netherlands. Amec’s final approval was given on May 13th 2013.
Upon delivery, the cranes were sea fastened and transported to a shipyard in South-Korea for final installation on the two platforms.
In October 2011, BP and its co-ventures ConocoPhillips, Chevron and Shell received approval from the UK government to proceed with the second phase of development of the giant Clair field.
BP has described Clair Ridge as its most significant current project on the UK continental shelf. It will be developed around the latest technologies to enhance oil recovery and improve operating efficiency. The two new platforms are scheduled to be installed in 2015 with production expected to begin in 2016. The new development will have potential peak production of up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day.