First Initiation Piles leave Fordoun Yard

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On Saturday, April 12, Neptune Marine Services loaded out their first set of Initiation Piles for Technip UK for the Quad 204 project, from Montrose Harbour.

Manufacturing began at the beginning of February in Neptune’s Fordoun Yard. Each pile weighs 72 ton; is 12 metres long and five metres in diameter.

Owing to the size of the structures, which is at the maximum permitted height, transportation to the quayside took place at the weekend to minimise disruption for other road users. This required special permission from the Scottish Office.

Each pile had over 1,800 metres of weld, and is the largest structure to be fabricated and loaded out from the Fordoun facility. The fabricators and welders worked a shift pattern to ensure that there was a continual presence on the project.

The piles will be deployed offshore by the Offshore Construction Vessel the Normand Installer which will work in conjunction with Technip’s latest pipe laying vessel the Deep Energy.

The Deep Energy will deploy the rigid pipeline which tethers to the initiation Piles and run it to the FSPO (Floating Production Storage and Offloading Vessel). The piles will be deployed at 14 locations throughout the field to tether various pipelines too.

A spokesperson commented: “Well done to the local workforce at the Fordoun site - the Initiation Piles were constructed to a very high standard and delivered on time.”