Jumbo-SAL-Alliance transports reels to Australian offshore gas project

Two Jumbo-SAL-Alliance vessels brought 8069 tonnes of reels and project cargo to the Great Western Flank 3 and Lambert Deep project in Australia, for the UK-domiciled, French-American global oil and gas company TechnipFMC. 

The Great Western Flank 3 and Lambert Deep project (GW3 & LD) is an offshore gas development project, approximately 126km north-west off the coast of Dampier, Western Australia. Woodside Energy, operator of the project, awarded TechnipFMC an integrated engineering, procurement, construction, and installation (EPCI) contract in April 2020. The scope of the EPCI contract includes handling deliveries, as well as designing, manufacturing, and installation of subsea production systems, risers, flowlines, and umbilicals.

The Jumbo-SAL-Alliance used the HLV Hilke, a Type 116 Multi-purpose dry cargo ship, to transport reels from Europe to Asia. Following this, the heavy load carrier, HLV Fairpartner, shipped cargo from Asia to Dampier, where a ship-to-ship transfer of the reels and project equipment, to the offshore installation vessel Skandi Africa, took place.

The Skandi Africa is designed for subsea construction and equipment installation, as well as Inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) and remotely operated vehicle (ROV) services at up to 4000 metres in depth.

The heavy load carrier, Fairpartner, and its crew then completed five interim mobilisations at the West Lewis anchorage in Dampier, to transfer the equipment. Between the interim mobilisations, they sailed to Henderson, a suburb of Perth in Western Australia, to pick up more cargo. The largest reel transported measured 11.40 x 5.40 x 11.60 and in total 8069 tonnes of reels and project equipment were shipped.

Author: Emma Dailey

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