Lamprell has today announced completion and delivery of a PUQ (Production Utilities Quarters) deck for the Golden Eagle Area Development (GEAD) in the North Sea to its client, Nexen Petroleum U.K. Limited and its GEAD co-venturers, on schedule and on budget.
Guinnes World Records has confirmed that Lamprell’s delivery of the offshore platform is the ‘Heaviest load moved by self-propelled modular trailers (SPMTs)’, measured at 13, 191.98 tonnes. ALE was the transport provider. This beats the previous record which was achieved by Almajdouie Logistics Company (Saudi Arabia) on 22 January 2012 and weighed 4,891 tonnes (5,391.4 tons). UAE Guinness World Records adjudicator Samer Khallouf presented Lamprell CEO Jim Moffat with the official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS certificate at an event held in Dubai on 22 April.
Although the company has loaded out similar structures in the past, this is the largest offshore platform officially recognised and constructed by Lamprell, the total weight of the platform including the grillage, temporaries and SPMTs is 15,511 tonnes. The dimensions of the PUQ deck measure 98.5 metres by 46 metres by 58.8 metres (length x width x height) and a total fleet of 512 axels on self-propelled modular trailers (SPMTs) were used to perform the load-out.
In 2011 Nexen contracted Lamprell to build two decks for the GEAD project a £2 billion investment 70 kilometres offshore Aberdeen in the North Sea. The wellhead deck was delivered in June last year and has already been installed. Completion and delivery of this second structure was marked at a ceremony held in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, on 17 April.
The project teams from Nexen and Lamprell have worked closely to make this project a success. With the completion and sail away of the PUQ deck, the team has completed 10 million man-hours without a lost time incident on the combined wellhead and PUQ deck projects. This new safety record for Lamprell is truly a world class achievement.
The delivered platform was fully commissioned by Nexen with round the clock support from Lamprell, in order to facilitate our clients’ installation schedule. The PUQ deck departed from the Jebel Ali facility on 17 April and is currently en route to its final destination in the North Sea.
This is the sixth offshore fixed topside that Lamprell has delivered in four years.