Drilling modules and living quarters for the Deep Water Gunashli Phase 3 arrive in Baku

Oil&Gas Materials 21 June 2006 15:44 (UTC +04:00)

The drilling modules and living quarters for the Deep Water Gunashli (DWG) Phase 3 drilling, utilities and quarters (DUQ) platform have already arrived in Baku from the Netherlands and Sweden, where they were built, the Azerbaijan International Operating Company (AIOC) told Trend.

Mercon Steel Structures, AIOCs drilling modules construction contractor, commenced fabrication of the modules in the Netherlands at the end of 2004 following the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG) Phase 3 project sanction. Construction works were completed in March

The total dry weight of these modules including the drilling derrick is approximately 3,700 tonnes. The drilling modules for the DUQ platform comprise three main components - the drilling support module, the drilling equipment set and the drilling derrick. The modules are designed to provide drilling from 48 slots during the operational life of the DUQ platform.

The living quarters including the helideck, for the DUQ platform were fabricated in Sweden by Pharmadule Emtunga AB, AIOCs contractor for engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of platform living quarters. They were delivered to Baku on three transportation barges.

Both drilling modules and living quarters are now in the process of offloading at the topsides yard of the Heydar Aliyev Baku Deepwater Jackets Factory.

The installation of these modules onto the integrated deck will be implemented over the coming months by McDermott Caspian Contractors Inc., AIOC's contractor for fabrication of the DUQ platform topsides.