The Dvalin template was loaded out from Egersund, Norway. The load out kicks off a series of Dvalin marine operations planned for the next couple of weeks.
“This is an important milestone for DEA. With the takeover of the template from the yard, for us the actual offshore installation work begins, in the responsibility as operator," says Thomas Kainer, Head of Development and Operations, DEA Norge.
The 280 ton template was lifted from the Aker Solution yard quayside onto the TechnipFMC offshore construction vessel Deep Explorer. The vessel sat course for the Dvalin field after performing a trial lift, simulating the offshore installation.
The template will be in transit for the next one and a half days, with an estimated time of arrival on the Dvalin field 260 km north-west of Kristiansund on Thursday.
"This marks the beginning of a busy period for DEA and the Dvalin project. We have got several marine operations lined up for the next few weeks; the H25 module load out and installation on the Heidrun platform and gas export pipe line installation, to mention a few, says Dvalin Senior Project Manager, Keith O’Donnell.
The template load out operation went according to plan and is the direct result of good planning and cooperation between DEA and the involved contractors. The Dvalin project is on time, budget and one step closer to first gas and production in 2020.