Fabrication of Marathon Alba B3 platform starts at HFG Polska
ZWIJNDRECHT, the Netherlands -- On March 6, operator Marathon E.G. Production Limited (MEGPL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marathon Oil Corporation, and Heerema Fabrication Group (HFG), together with project partner Iv-Oil & Gas (Iv) marked the ceremonial first cut of steel for the Alba field B3 compression platform project at HFG’s fabrication facility in Opole, Poland.
The steel will be used to build the 4,500-t Alba B3 compression topside, destined for the Alba gas and condensate field, approximately 20 mi offshore north of Bioko Island in Equatorial Guinea.
HFG, as main contractor, will manage the overall project and jointly execute the EPC scope from Iv-AGA’s (a subsidiary of Iv-Groep) offices in Houston. Immediately after the project was awarded in April 2013, the design and engineering started. The T&I of the platform has been subcontracted to HFG’s sister division, Heerema Marine Contractors in Leiden, the Netherlands.
The Alba B3 compression platform will consist of the topside and a four-legged, 2,000-t jacket, which will be fabricated at the Heerema Zwijndrecht and Heerema Vlissingen yard, respectively. At HFG Polska, one of the HFG fabrication yards (specializing in fabrication of complex small steel structures), the nodes and plate girders of the Alba B3 compression topside will be fabricated. The nodes and plate girders will be delivered to Heerema Zwijndrecht, where they will be fitted in the topside.