Maersk contracts DNV GL for Culzean project verification services

23 November 2014 (Last Updated November 23rd, 2014 18:30)

Classification society DNV GL has received a contract from Maersk Oil North Sea UK (MOUK) to deliver multi-year services to the Culzean field development project.

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Classification society DNV GL has received a contract from Maersk Oil North Sea UK (MOUK) to deliver multi-year services to the Culzean field development project.

Under this contract, DNV GL will carry out independent competent person (ICP) verification, independent verification body (IVB), pressure equipment directive (PED) and the explosive atmospheres directive ATEX services.

Project manager John Harper said: "DNV GL propose to work together with Maersk Oil UK as part of one integrated team with the view to helping delivering the project fully compliant, on-schedule and on-cost.

"DNV GL propose to work together with Maersk Oil UK as part of one integrated team with the view to helping delivering the project."

"It is fully understood that the Culzean project is a flag-ship project for Maersk Oil globally. The UK safety case regulations legislation is the overall driver for this work and compliance with Maersk Oil UK technical standards (MOTS) and design standards (MODES) is a key driver."

The Culzean project, operated by Maersk Oil, is a HP/HT field discovered in 2008 in Block 22/25 of the UK Central North Sea and further appraised between 2009 and 2011.

The project is estimated to deliver around 5% of the UK’s total gas consumption by 2020 to 2021.

For this project, Maersk Oil, along with its partners JX Nippon Exploration and Production, and Britoil (BP) have constructed bridge-linked platforms comprising a 12-slot wellhead platform, a central processing facility and utilities / living quarters.

Phased installation of the facilities is due to begin in 2016 and the first gas from the project is expected to be produced in 2019.


Image: Maersk Culzean Asset in the North Sea. Photo: courtesy of DNV GL AS.