Monday, May 20, 2019

Allseas News

Solitaire on Nord Stream 2 Job in Russia

Solitaire. Image: Allseas

Allseas-owned pipelay vessel Solitaire has started laying the first line of the Nord Stream 2 twin gas pipeline in Russian waters.Solitaire will spend about a month constructing one of the two  approximately 100-kilometres-long sections in the Russian territorial sea.Solitaire, operated by Allseas, is a 300-metres-long and…

1000 Km of the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Laid

Image: Nord Stream 2

1000 km of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline has now been laid in the Baltic Sea in Finnish, Swedish and German waters.Two Allseas pipelay vessels - Pioneering Spirit and Solitaire - are currently installing the pipeline in Swedish waters.Some twenty vessels are currently being engaged in the project in the Baltic Sea, with nearly 1…

TurkStream Gas Conduit Offshore Section Complete

Pioneering Spirit pipelaying vessel. Photo: Information Directorate, Gazprom

The pipe-laying vessel  Pioneering Spirit pipelaying vessel completed the construction of the offshore section of the TurkStream gas pipeline in the Black Sea. The TurkStream pipeline will carry Russian gas across the Black Sea to Turkey.The command to weld the final joint of the gas pipeline’s second string was given by Vladimir Putin…

Trelleborg's Safepilot for Shell's Brent Data Decommissioning Project

Photo: Trelleborg

SafePilot from Trelleborg’s marine systems operation helped to pilot Allseas’ 200 meter-long barge, Iron Lady, from the Tees Bay to Able UK’s Seaton Port in Hartlepool which transported Shell’s 24,200 ton Brent Delta topside to Able’s facility on May 2, 2017.The Shell-operated Brent field, is located 115 miles east of the Shetland Islands…

Johan Sverdrup Drilling Platform Installed

Photo: Espen Rønnevik / Roar Lindefjeld

The 22,000-tonne topside for the drilling platform was lifted into position in one single lift on the Johan Sverdrup field last weekend. Equinor and the Johan Sverdrup partners are the first users in the world of this ground-breaking technology.On Thursday, May 31, the topside for the Johan Sverdrup drilling platform sailed from the Aibel yard in Haugesund to Bømlafjorden at Stord.Here the 22…

PD&MS Group Wins $14m in Decommissioning Work

PD&MS Group CEO Simon Rio. (Photo: PD&MS)

PD&MS Group secured a trio of contracts worth more than $14 million across three major North Sea late-life projects in the last six months. The latest award for the Aberdeen-headquartered company is a multimillion-pound contract from Spirit Energy to decommission the topsides on two of its unmanned Morecambe Bay gas field drilling platforms, located in the East Irish Sea.

Allseas Plans World's Largest Construction Vessel

Allseas’ planned vessel, to be called Amazing Grace, will be a larger version of the firm’s existing Pioneering Spirit ship, which removed Shell's Brent Delta platform in the North Sea last year (pictured). (Photo: Allseas)

Swiss offshore services firm Allseas is planning to build a vessel big enough to be able to remove the world's largest oil and gas platforms when they reach the end of their production lives, its chief executive said. The vessel, to be called Amazing Grace, is designed to remove the heaviest platforms in a single lift and could reduce decommissioning costs for global oil and gas producers…

Kotug Aids Allseas in Topsides Transport

Photo: Kotug

Kotug International’s offshore division has assisted Allseas with the transfer and transport of Shell’s Brent Delta topsides after the record-setting removal of the structure by Pioneering Spirit. Kotug was mainly involved in the assistance of the cargo barge Iron Lady during the transfer of the topsides from the Pioneering…

Repsol's Yme Platform Removed from Offshore Norway

The topside of Repsol's faulty Yme oil platform was removed from the field offshore Norway on Monday, Swiss-based heavy-lift vessel owner Allseas said, a key hurdle for the Spanish oil firm's planned sale of the production license. Using the giant Pioneering Spirit vessel, the removal in a single lift of the 13,500-tonnes topside marks a new step in decommissioning of offshore oil platforms…

DNV GL Wins Johan Sverdrup Verification Deal

Kjell Einar Eriksson Photo Statoil

Johan Sverdrup is by far the largest ongoing project on the Norwegian Continental Shelf for the next few years. Statoil has awarded contracts to DNV GL for verification of all 4 topsides, the 3 bridges, 3 of 4 jackets, topside installation by use of the Allseas single lift vessel ‘Pioneering Spirit and extended site assessment for the jack-up.

Saipem Faces Falling Margins and New Rivals

Italian oil contractor Saipem faces new challenges after raising 3.5 billion euro ($3.8 bln) to stay afloat, as rising competition in its lucrative pipe-laying business threatens margins and orders. Oil services firms have been among the hardest hit by a two-thirds drop in oil prices since July 2014 as oil producers slashed spending by more than $100 billion.

Rolls-Royce Sells 100th LARS

Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce

Press release - Rolls-Royce has won a contract to supply its 100th and 101st Launch and Recovery Systems (LARS). The contract signed with DOF Subsea, will see the latest two systems installed aboard the DOF Subsea Skandi Neptune. Rolls-Royce Launch and Recovery Systems allow the deployment and recovery of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to a depth of 3,000m plus.

Polarled Pipeline Now in Place

On Monday 28 September, the final pipe in the 482.4 kilometre long Polarled Pipeline was laid at the Aasta Hansteen field at a depth of 1,260 metres in the Norwegian Sea. Polarled is the first pipeline on the Norwegian continental shelf that crosses the Arctic Circle and opens up a brand new highway for gas from the Norwegian Sea to Europe.

Polarled Pipeline, First to cross the Arctic Circle

This piece of pipe marks Polarled’s crossing of the Arctic Circle. It was laid down on the seabed at 0504 Friday morning, 21 August. In the foreground from the left Johannes C. Irgens, Statoil vessel representative, Keith Hassage, Allseas superintendent, Sijmen van der Plicht, Allseas vessel master. (Photo Lars Chr. Henrichsen, Statoil)

On Friday 21 August the Polarled gas pipeline crossed 66 degrees and 33 minutes north of the equator and became the first pipeline to cross the Arctic Circle. This pipeline will open an entirely new gas highway from the Norwegian Sea to Europe. The 482-kilometre long and 36-inch wide pipeline will run from Nyhamna in western Norway to the Aasta Hansteen field in the Norwegian Sea.

Enerpac Lifting Accuracy Enables Pioneering Spirit Fast Lift

Pioneering Spirit (Image: Allseas)

Enerpac informs it has supplied the high pressure, hydraulic cylinder technology for the topsides lift system beams aboard Allseas’ massive platform installation/decommissioning and pipelay vessel, Pioneering Spirit. The cylinders are an integral part of the vessel’s lift system, enabling the installation and decommissioning of complete topsides weighing up to 48,000 metric tons, Enerpac explained.

Statoil's Offshore Pipelay Surveillance Contract for DNV GL

Kjell Eriksson

DNV GL, the technical advisor to the oil and gas industry, has been awarded another offshore pipelay surveillance contract by Statoil to monitor quality assurance throughout the installation campaign. As new fields have become increasingly complex, the pipeline segments have also experienced cost challenges like other parts of the industry.

World's Largest Ship: Pioneering Spirit Awaits Completion

Photo: Eric Haun

Final construction aboard the world’s largest vessel, Pioneering Spirit (formerly named Pieter Schelte), is wrapping up in the Port of Rotterdam before the vessel can be commissioned off Norway this summer. Built primarily at DSME’s Okpo Shipyard in South Korea, Allseas’ installation/decommissioning and pipelay vessel Pioneering Spirit was inaugurated with a ceremony in Rotterdam in February 2015.

Johan Sverdrup Contract to "Pioneering Spirit"

Pioneering Spirit, the world’s largest heavy-lift vessel. (Photo: Allseas)

Statoil has signed a contract with Allseas for installation of three platform topsides on the Johan Sverdrup field. The vessel will be installing the topsides for the drilling, processing and living quarter platforms.Allseas will transfer the topsides to Pioneering Spirit before they are transported to the Johan Sverdrup field.

DNV GL JIP Provides Guidance for Subsea Installations

Elisabeth Gjølmesli

Failures of installed pipes, umbilicals and cables during installation can potentially lead to higher costs for the oil and gas industry and delayed start-ups. However, there are currently no Standards or Recommended Practices that address analysis methodology related to the laying of such products. To address this, DNV GL…