Havfram pushing on with Balder offshore installation

Havfram pushing on with Balder offshore installation

Havfram, formerly known as Ocean Installer is continuing the offshore installation works for Vår Energi’s Balder project. Havfram’s CSV Viking Neptun has been loaded with three multi-flow base (MFB) structures for installation at the Balder field. 

Following successful operations in April and May this year to install the first two MFB structures on its Vår Energi Balder EPCI project, Havfram’s Balder project team transported a further three MFB’s from Agility Subsea Fabrication in Tonsberg to Stord.

Photo source: Havfram

The project cargo has been delivered by Jumbo-SAL-Alliance’s Fairmaster, one of the two vessels from the K-class family, fitted with two 1,500-ton crane with a combined lift capacity of 3,000 tons. The MFBs were then mobilised onboard CSV Viking Neptun for installation offshore.

Provided by Havrfram’s Balder project consortium partner Baker Hughes, these 230-ton 22m x 15.5m x 7.1m MFB’s may seem large, but are approximately 30 percent lighter than a traditional design resulting in a significant reduction in raw material consumption. This design coupled with Viking Neptun’s recently installed hybrid propulsion system are clear examples of an industry committed to reducing our carbon footprint, Havfram said in its statement.

Photo source: Havfram

Balder X project

Havfram, in partnership with Baker Hughes, a GE company, secured a contract in 2019 for the engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) of subsea systems and associated services for the Balder X project on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS).

Under the contract, BHGE and Havfram will engineer, procure, construct and install 16 new subsea production systems (SPS), umbilicals, risers and flowlines to the Jotun A floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit. BHGE and Havfram will also carry out decommissioning work in the field.

The ongoing Balder X project is focused on re-developing the Balder and Ringhorne fields in the North Sea. Redevelopment activities include refurbishing and relocating the Jotun A FPSO to extend the production life to 2045 and extending the life of the Balder FPSO to 2030. It also includes drilling 15 new production wells in the Balder field area and 11 new production wells in the Ringhorne field area.

Author: Adnan Bajic

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