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Falklands opens dock facility to support oil industry exploration beginning 2015

Friday, November 21st 2014 - 21:16 UTC
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Ms. Cunningham is on her second visit to the Falklands, having first visited in March, before the dock “Nobel Frontier” arrived under tow from New Orleans (Pic Houston Ch) Ms. Cunningham is on her second visit to the Falklands, having first visited in March, before the dock “Nobel Frontier” arrived under tow from New Orleans (Pic Houston Ch)

This week Houston based Noble Energy, one of the several oil companies operating in the Falkland Islands made the official opening of the temporary dock facility (TDF) in Stanley, an essential piece for the logistics of the industry which is scheduled to begin another round of exploratory drilling in the first quarter of next year.

 “The official opening of the temporary dock facility is an important milestone and an icon of the future exploration campaign”, said Noble Energy’s Senior Vice President Susan Cunningham, last Wednesday as a group of guests took a tour of the facility.

Ms. Cunningham is making her second visit to the Islands having first visited in March, just before the dock “Nobel Frontier” arrived under tow in the Islands after travelling 5,000 kilometers over 47 days from New Orleans.

She said the day of the dock being opened really began in 2011 when Noble Energy decided to explore further in the Falklands.

The following year the huge amount of seismic data gathered with partners FOGL and Eddison revealed, “multiple exciting prospects,” and in 2013 to facilitate the drilling program the barge was jointly purchased with Premier Oil after reaching agreements with the Falkland Islands Government.

The first shipment of drilling supplies are due to be unloaded at the dock at the end of the month and the Eirik Raude semisubmersible drilling rig is due to arrive in March 2015.

Noble plans to drill the Humpback prospect well in mid 2015, “and we all hope we will have a real celebration then,” said Ms Cunningham.

Leading a tour of the dock Operations Manager Joel Landry  said they had been, “really lucky,” to find the barge which was originally used for construction then converted to fuel service which meant the tanks were in pristine condition and the deck was rated for heavy lifts.

 He said the barge cost 5 million dollars. Twelve to fifteen million had been spent on getting the four dolphins constructed and installed and the causeway consisting of some 60 cubes, in the region of 3million.

 A permanent dock would have cost three times the amount to construct and also part of the remit had been that there might be a need to move the dock to somewhere else in the Islands, such as Port William, said Mr. Landry. He said however that he thought within the harbor was a better site as it was a lot less exposed to the wind and the weather than Port William.

He described the 750ft pontoon causeway as being, “hinged” to accommodate the motion of the sea and said if they built another one the walkway would be on the east side as it got a little wet when there was a strong westerly blowing.

The 600ft of berthing dock could handle two vessels and the usual fully loaded 40 ton truck; any heavier lifts would be accommodated with wider spread trailers, said Mr. Landry adding that the 270 ton crane which was brought in for the construction would remain to work the vessels.

Initially four freighters would come in with up to 4,000 tons each of materials needed for the next phase and then the dock would be predominantly used by the two PSV vessels which run back and forward supplying the rig with materials and the emergency rescue vessel.

Noble’s Falklands representative Richard Winkelman said that after the time spent on the installation he was extremely happy to be out walking around on the TDF. “We couldn’t be more proud to have this as the launching pad for our exploration drilling program in 2015,” he said.

Regarding the extended completion date which was originally scheduled for July, Mr. Winkelman said, “it’s a large construction project we beared up and persevered and here we are today”. (Penguin News).-

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  • Pete Bog

    How's the 'Falklanders will never have an oil industry without mainland support' theory going eh Malvanistas?

    This is just the beginning-one day the Islanders will have a proper deep water port you'd better make the most of your shipping trade while you can.

    And remember-you wanted to isolate the Islands-hasn't quite worked out has it?

    When's Ms Cunningham receiving her arrest warrant and when is she going to be arrested by Interpol and taken in chains to stand trial in Argentina?

    Still waiting......................

    Nov 21st, 2014 - 09:34 pm 0
  • paulcedron

    “This week Houston based Noble Energy, one of the several oil companies operating in the Falkland Islands ...”

    “several” oil companies??
    LOL
    they are only 2 or 3 tiny little oil companies, only known by their failures & accidents: noble and premier .
    the funny thing is they dont even have the funds to extract mud.

    ”...made the official opening of the temporary dock facility (TDF)...”

    now, all these noise because of a floating barge??
    lol

    Nov 21st, 2014 - 09:43 pm 0
  • golfcronie

    Great news, 80 bed hotel for the oil workers arriving in Feb 2015 courtesy of Snoozebox, everything coming together nicely, looking forward to the drilling programme starting march 2015.

    Nov 21st, 2014 - 09:45 pm 0
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