Oil and gas platform jacket starts its journey to new home in North Sea

A North East-made oil and gas platform jacket has made its way down the River Tyne toward the North Sea


A North East-made oil and gas platform jacket has started the journey to its new home in the North Sea.

Residents watched as the 118-metre high, 54,000 tonne oil and gas structure left Wallsend in North Tyneside today to head for its new base as part of a redevelopment project for one of the oldest platforms in the North Sea.

The huge platform jacket, which was floated along the River Tyne towards the mouth of the river at Tynemouth today, is the conclusion of a significant project by OGN Group, the leading engineering, procurement and construction specialist, for Talisman Sinopec Energy UK Limited to help unlock further oil reserves from the UK North Sea.

The structure was moved from OGN Group’s Hadrian Yard in Wallsend at 8.30am. OGN Group has completed the platform jacket structure, which will form part of a new bridge-linked platform within the Montrose Redevelopment Project.


On completion the jacket was loaded onto a barge docked at OGN Group’s Hadrian Yard on the banks of the River Tyne ahead of its journey to the Montrose Fields, which lies 210km east of Aberdeen in the Central North Sea.

The project will be installed alongside the field’s existing infrastructure and integrate a number of older fields with two undeveloped ones. In total the project will lead to the production of a further 100m barrels of oil equivalent from the fields.

The Montrose platform was first installed in 1976 and is one of the oldest in the UK North Sea. The project will extend the life of the existing fields to 2030.


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