A topside has set sail on a journey to the largest new gas field to be discovered in the southern North Sea for 25 years.
The Cygnus accommodation module, which weighs 4,600 tonnes, has left the Burntisland Fabrication’s Methil yard towards its final destination off the Lincolnshire coast.
Gas is expected to start flowing from the Cygnus field later this year.
The field is expected to meet the needs of 1.5million homes and will be the UK’s second largest production site of natural gas.
The new module will be home to 66 workers and comprises living quarters, helideck and fire and rescue facilities.
The sail away marks the safe and successful completion of two major contractor by BiFab, the Fife fabricator, on behalf of the gas field’s operator GDF Suez and partners Centrica Energy and
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BiFab’s managing director John Robertson, said: “The safe and successful completion of this contract demonstrates the tremendous skills and capabilities of BiFab’s workforce in Methil,
Burntisland and Arnish to deliver a quality product, on schedule and with a good safety culture, and they should be congratulated on a job well done.
“The Cygnus project has over 80 per cent UK content and showcases the ability of home-grown yards to meet the quality requirements of European energy customers.
“We continue to work closely with the Scottish and UK Government to identify new opportunities and new sectors in the UK and beyond where BiFab can win new business and provide skilled jobs.”
The contract to design and construct four jackets, complete with piles, was signed in August 2012.
The first three jackets, totalling 7935 tonnes were completed in summer 2014 and have already been installed on site.
The fourth and final jacket was completed earlier this year, and has been stowed in Dundee ready for deployment in tandem with the accommodation module.