Furie Operating Alaska has started setting up and moving the various assets needed to install the production platform and associated subsea pipeline for its Kitchen Lights gas field offshore in the Cook Inlet.
The barge that will lay the pipeline has been docked at the Northstar Terminal near the Port of Anchorage for the installation of the stinger, the device needed to support the pipeline during the pipe laying operation, Bruce Webb, senior vice president for government and regulatory affairs, has told Petroleum News. The barge was scheduled to depart Anchorage today to move to the planned pipeline location, Webb said.
Webb said that Furie plans to use its Spartan 151 jack-up drilling rig to drill the horizontal directional borehole through which the pipeline will pass for the transition from the subsea to Furie's onshore gas processing facility on the Kenai Peninsula near East Foreland. The rig has been moved from its overwinter staging location at Port Graham and is now located at Nikiski.
Meantime the MV Svenja heavy lift vessel that will be used for platform installation is expected to arrive in Cook Inlet from Singapore around May 15, depending on the weather, Webb said. The platform itself should depart Seattle around May 10 for transportation by barge to the Inlet, where it should arrive around May 25. The platform has been stored in Seattle for the winter.
"If everything goes well with the mooring of the Svenja, we should start setting the main support caisson the week of May 25th," Webb said.
- Alan Bailey
See story in May 10 issue, available online Friday, May 8 at www.PetroleumNews.com