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BP Quad milestone

Published:  04 September, 2015

A major milestone has been reached in Babcock’s delivery of 73 subsea structures for BP’s Quad 204 offshore redevelopment project, 130km west of Shetland, forming an integral part of the major investment in the upgrading and replacement of the subsea facilities to enable the full development of the reserves.

Two highly engineered Manifolds, the largest and most complex constructions within the project, have been manufactured, painted and outfitted, at Babcock’s Rosyth Facility on the Forth. With the combined weight of 326 tonnes the Manifolds are central parts of the 2015 installation programme.

The structures were transported to Lerwick by freighter and then transferred to a dedicated heavy lift vessel for installation at the Schiehallion and Loyal oil and gas fields, helping to extend production at the North Sea site until 2035.

Babcock, the UK’s largest engineering services support company, has also installed pipe spools and pressure tested the structures at Rosyth before handing them over to BP and its sub-contractors to carry out Controls Fit Out (CFO) and Site Integration Testing (SIT).

The Manifolds were joined on the journey to the North Sea production site by two Control Distribution Assemblies (CDA’s)

The Babcock project team also received an additional boost after being recognised at its own Health and Safety Awards having completed more than 800,000 working hours with no lost time due to accidents on the programme.

To date Babcock has delivered 65 of 73 structures including all of the 2015 programme requirements with the remaining 8 at advanced stages of the project lifecycle.

Charles Forrester project manager, Energy and Marine Services from Babcock said: “We are pleased to have delivered this hugely significant part of BP’s Quad 204 offshore redevelopment project. The Manifolds are major pieces of highly complex engineering and it is testament to the skill, ingenuity and hard work of our workforce that the structures are now on their way to play their part in accessing remaining hydrocarbon reserves in the Schiehallion and Loyal fields. We were also thrilled, to be recognised for our safety performance on this programme.”

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