Maersk Oil UK has awarded design consulting firm Ramboll a second jacket design contract for the Culzean field, following the successful completion of its first design contract for the field. The new contract entails the design of three jacket structures as well as the associated piles.
The Culzean field is one of the largest gas fields in the British North Sea, located about 242 kilometres east of Aberdeen. The ultra-high-pressure, high-temperature field is discovered in 2008 and has the potential to significantly boost employment and energy security in the UK, as it has the potential to deliver up to 5% of the total UK gas consumption by 2020/21.
Maersk Oil UK, which holds a 49.99% interest in the Culzean field as operator*, recently awarded Ramboll Oil & Gas, part of Danish engineering, design and consulting firm Ramboll, the detailed design for jacket structures for a central processing facility platform and for a separate utilities and living quarter platform for the Culzean field, as well as the associated piles for water depth of 90 metres.
Second Culzean contract
The Culzean contract follows the successful completion of the Culzean wellhead platform detailed design by the firm, a contract it was awarded in late 2014, which also included the associated piles and appurtenances.
“The Culzean wellhead jacket design which we finalised in 2014 was our chance to showcase our jacket and steel design capabilities in the UK,” comments Bjørn Jønsson, Department Director Jackets at Ramboll Oil & Gas. “To be chosen in international competition the first time was a major breakthrough but to be chosen as the preferred provider for the subsequent jobs is the best recognition you can get.”
* Other operators are JX Nippon UK (34.01% interest) and BP (16% interest).