A MAJOR UNDERTAKING
In order to be loaded onto the transport barge, the topsides were raised on four jacking towers to a height of 20 m, before being lowered onto the deck support frame, with the combined structure then shipped out on the Hereema 851 with a total weight of nearly 45,000 t.
“This is a significant achievement and milestone for the Wheatstone team,” said Roy Krzywosinski, Managing Director, Chevron Australia. “It is the culmination of years of planning and collaborative execution by Chevron and our various contractors.”
“We’re dealing with one of the biggest platforms in the world,” Wheatstone Project Platform Manager Mike Watkins said. “The engineering that goes into this has taken a couple of years, at least, to get all of these plans together.”
Following the installation of the topsides, commissioning is due to be undertaken on the hydrocarbon, support, and utility and habitation systems.
No hydrocarbon production systems will be operational during hook-up and commissioning (HUC) activities.