On February 26 Allseas signed a contract with Norway’s Statoil for the installation of three platforms on the giant Johan Sverdrup development in single lifts using the newly renamed mega-vessel Pioneering Spirit.
The vessel, which is berthed in Rotterdam port for the installation of the eight twin sets of lifting beams, which will be used to lift the topsides, already has contacts with Shell, ExxonMobil and Talisman for single lift and decommissioning jobs, all secured ahead of its final completion.
Allseas has also named its second mega-lift vessel, which will dwarf the already huge Pioneering Spirit. It will be called Amazing Grace and will be able to lift 72,000-tonne topsides, compared the Pioneering Spirit’s 48,000-tonne capacity. Amazing Grace, expected to cost more than €3 billion, is due to be delivered in 2021, but Allseas has yet to chose a fabrication yard, said Heerema.
The contract with Statoil will see the vessel lift three Johan Sverdrup platforms into place in 2018/19, said Allseas founder Edward Heerema.
The first job for the Pioneering Spirit will be lifting off Talisman’s doomed Yme topsides in the Norwegian North Sea. Before that, the vessel will perform test lifts in the southern North Sea, using a specially fabricated test platform, based on the module support platform of the former North West Hutton platform.
After Yme, Pioneering Spirit will start a project with Shell, removing the Brent platforms. The first will be Brent Delta in May next year. The vessel had been due to work on the South Stream project, but the project has been deferred.
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