Sleipnir heads to the Land Down Under for Ichthys LNG job
Heerema Marine Contractors’ LNG-fuelled semi-submersible crane behemoth Sleipnir is set for a job in the Land Down Under. The vessel has been hired to perform transport and installation of the 4,800 metric ton Ichthys LNG Booster Compression Module (BCM).
The module will be installed on the Ichthys Explorer central processing facility (CPF), located off the northwest coast of Western Australia, as part of the Ichthys LNG phase 2 development. Heerema will transport the BCM from the fabrication yard on Batam Island in Indonesia to the Ichthys Field before installing it in a single lift. The module will be used to extend the production plateau of the field.
Heerema will be utilising Sleipnir for both the transport and installation of the module. The vessel has a wide range of sustainability measures, including the use of emission-reducing LNG, which means the vessel produces 90 percent less NOx, 99 percent less SOx, and 25 percent less CO2 compared to running on Marine Gas Oil.
The vessel has a 20,000 metric ton lifting capacity; therefore, it is possible to optimise the BCM’s design due to the vessel’s ability to install the structure in a single lift. This action reduces the time required for platform shutdown, offshore installation, and hook-up duration. This way efficiency is increased and project risk is minimised.