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clair ridge topside modules safely installed

Chevron Upstream Europe's Non-Operated Joint Venture (NOJV) team recently achieved a major project milestone with the safe installation of the quarters and utilities (QU) modules for the Clair Ridge platform.

The QU platform comprises three modules - the integrated deck (QUID) which has a lift weight of 8,763 metric tons (te); the power generation (GM) module which has a lift weight of 4,361te; and the living quarters (LQ) module which has a lift weight of 3,359te. The installation commenced on June 13, with the modules safely lifted onto the pre-installed jackets by the Heerema Thialf heavy lift vessel. Installation of all modules was completed on June 23.

The living quarters module prior to load out

The living quarters module prior to load out.

Commenting on the milestone, Andy Clitheroe, Chevron's NOJV manager, said: "Progress on Clair Ridge is critical to the NOJV business plan and is also a significant driver of our future growth plans. I would then like to congratulate the operator and the NOJV Clair team for their achievement in ensuring the safe installation of the QU modules during the summer window."

All modules were lifted onto the pre-installed jackets

All modules were lifted onto the pre-installed jackets by the Heerema Thialf heavy lift vessel.

Chevron holds a 19.4 percent non-operated working interest in Clair Field, which, with an estimated eight billion barrels of oil in place. Clair Ridge is the second phase of development on the Clair field which lies 75 kilometres to the west of the Shetland Islands.

The project comprises two new bridge-linked platforms and new pipeline infrastructure to connect to processing facilities on Shetland. The remaining five modules for the Clair Ridge platform are scheduled to arrive in 2016.

All quarters and utilities modules safely installed on the platform

All quarters and utilities modules safely installed on the Clair Ridge Platform.