Premier Oil Plc has awarded a contract to Harkand, to support the operator activities on the Solan field development, West of Shetland.
Siem Spearfish is a multi-purpose service vessel which is on long-term charter to Harkand. The vessel arrived in Newcastle earlier this month to begin mobilisation for the campaign which will see it perform walk to work duties for the ongoing commissioning work onsite.
Designed and constructed specifically to increase efficiency
After being designed and built at the Vard facility in Norway, the 120 m Siem Spearfish vessel was launched last year with input from Harkand. The Spearfish is being fitted with an Ampelmann active motion compensated gangway to allow personnel to walk onto the Solan platform safely, even in high wave conditions. The deck layout has been designed and constructed specifically to increase the efficiency for mobilisation and demobilisation. It is equipped with a 250 t AHC offshore crane with 3000 m of wire and two heavy workclass Triton 4000 m, XLS ROVs and it can accommodate a crew of 110.
The Spearfish is due to arrive on site in Block 205/26a in the UK Continental Shelf later this month, with the work expected to run until August.
Premier Oil’s Solan field development
Harkand’s Europe Managing Director, David Kerr, said: “Solan is an important development and is expected to contribute to the UK economy for the next 20 years. It is also a potentially challenging project in terms of the variable weather conditions anticipated West of Shetland.”
He added: “The safety and welfare of the offshore workforce is paramount and we are pleased to have been selected to provide support with a state-of-the-art vessel which is outfitted with the necessary equipment and the people to meet the demands of working offshore West of Shetland.”
Adapted from press release by Cecilia Rehn