Greater Stella FPF-1 Delivered in the North Sea

Published at 11:58AM - 01/11/16

Viking SeaTech (VST) announced today it has completed its first major marine consultancy project in the Greater Stella field, in the North Sea.

The mooring and marine service specialist delivered the safe transit of Ithaca Energy’s FPF-1 floating production facility (FPF) from Poland to the Greater Stella Area.

“We were involved in one of the highest profile projects currently ongoing in the UK Continental Shelf and were pleased to advise on the marine aspects of the tow and deliver the unit on time without incidents,” Viking SeaTech North Sea Region/Regional Business Leader John Dick, said.

Greater Stella FPF-1 Delivered in the North Sea

The company provided marine support and reviewed procedures before tow and hook-up, the executive explained.

Ithaca Energy had awarded this contract to VST following a programme of modification works undertaken at the Remontowa yard in Poland, for the 700 nautical mile tow and hook-up in the Central North Sea.

Greater Stella FPF-1 Delivered in the North Sea
Ithaca’s FPF-1 departing the Remontowa yard in Poland

Under the agreement, VST made use of its partnership with Seacroft Marine Consultants, which supplied contract marine representatives and a towmaster for the rig move phase of the project.

The operation took several months of onshore planning and four weeks of offshore project management, involving a two vessel parallel tow and negotiation of a narrow shipping channel in the Baltic Sea.

FPF-1 is Now Set to Start Production

The rig was towed through the Drodgen Channel using two main anchor handling vessels (AVH) and two support tugs.

“On board the FPF-1, the VST offshore team worked closely with all parties involved, including the AHV crews and the FPF-1 marine supervisor, to ensure sufficient keel clearance was maintained as we negotiated the 10-kilometre long channel,” the executive explained.

“Once in the UKCS, we used a pre-planned tug strategy to move the FPF to an exact position within the field. It was hooked up to 12 pre-set mooring lines and is now set to begin its production activities,” he added.

The Greater Stella Area field is one of the current positives for the UKCS, with first hydrocarbons due before the end of this year.


Last updated on 10:12AM - 02/11/16