*Updated October 31, 2014*

July 17, 2014

The intricate offshore installation of massive steel structures for the Golden Eagle Area Development has been captured in a fascinating video.

The short film gives a compelling insight into a four-day operation to lift and install the Mega Project’s Production, Utilities and Quarters (PUQ) deck, 70km north-east of Aberdeen.

The weather-dependent operation swung into action on the morning of Thursday 29 May, when the Saipem Heavy Lift Vessel S7000 began the process of lifting the 11,000 tonne PU deck onto its jacket structure. The deck - with dimensions of 98.5m x 46m x 58m (length, width and height) – had been carried to the site from Dubai using the heavy transport vessel MV Fjord, passing through the Suez Canal on its 7,000 mile journey.

Three further lifts were carried out by the S7000:

  • The 2,000 tonnes Living Quarters (LQ) module (40m long x 13m wide x 25m tall)
  • The Flare Tower (weighing 250 tonne and 76m high)
  • The interconnecting bridge structure (weighing 500 tonnes and 70m long)

Installation of all components was completed by the evening of Sunday 1 June, with the operation described as a “truly magnificent achievement” by Graham Swan, Golden Eagle Deputy Project Manager.

First oil from Golden Eagle was delivered on October 30, 2014, with almost 18 million man-hours worked with only three minor lost time incidents making it a truly best-in-class performance.

About Golden Eagle

Located 70 kilometres northeast of Aberdeen, Golden Eagle is the second largest oil discovery in the UK North Sea since Buzzard was discovered in 2001. First oil production was delivered on October 30, 2014 and the development is expected to have an initial gross production rate of up to 70,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d) (about 26,000 boe/d net to Nexen) by 2015.

Nexen has a 36.5% interest in the project. We’re planning for a long, successful and safe operating life at Golden Eagle, which is also expected to act as a future hub for tieback opportunities. The £2.3 billion budget for Golden Eagle delivered significant economic benefits to the United Kingdom. The project supported 2,500 jobs across the supply chain through construction, with direct operational employment of about 400 people.