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Recording Progress in the Culzean Development
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Since winning a cables supply contract by SMOP (Sembcorp Marine Offshore Platforms) for Maersk Oil’s prestigious US$4 billion (S$5.31 billion) Culzean field platforms, which are being fabricated in Singapore and the UK, Cables International continues to deliver an on-time and on-budget performance. This includes fast-tracking deliveries and utilising its extensive inventory to serve Modec's Ailsa FSO (floating, storage and offloading vessel) by Jurong Shipyard — another integral part of the overall Culzean field development plan.
 
By early 2018, Cables International has supplied over two million metres of cables to Sembawang’s Admiralty yard in Singapore and Sembcorp’s SLP yard in the UK, allowing the three platforms to near completion.
 
Modec’s Ailsa FSO, after utilising 800km of cables supplied by Cables International, is also progressing on schedule. Upon completion, the FSO will be sailed to the UK North Sea and the platforms will be transported by heavy lift barges to be installed approximately 233km east of Aberdeen at a water depth of about 90m.
 
When Culzean starts production in 2019, it will feature three platforms linked via two 100m-long bridges. SMOP’s contract includes the construction of the development’s central processing facility, where the produced gas and condensate are processed and exported, as well as the two connecting bridges. It has also been entrusted with the wellhead platform, where drilling and production will take place, as well as the platform topsides for the utilities and living quarters, where the crew will live. 
 
The Culzean gas field is expected to have a peak production rate of 400 to 500 million standard cubic feet per day (MMSCFD), providing for approximately 5% of the UK’s total gas consumption by 2020/21.
 
 
 

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