Marine engineering specialists Ocean Kinetics have proved their quality credentials by playing a key role in preparing a 10,000 tonne subsea oil storage tank for submersion in the Solan field 60 miles west of Shetland.
The tank was delivered to Lerwick Harbour by the Chinese Ocean Shipping Company's heavy lift vessel Xiang Yun Kou and after preparatory work at the quayside was floated off, partially submerged and towed to the field.
Ocean Kinetics were engaged by the field's developer, Premier Oil, and their main contractor Aker to ready the tank, which can hold 300,000 barrels of oil, for submersion.
While the 47,000-tonne, float-on/float-off Xiang Yun Kou was berthed at Holmsgarth, Ocean Kinetics engineers carried out remedial and preparatory works and removed the sea fastenings.
They were then directly involved in the operation to float off the tank in Breiwick.
Ocean Kinetics was one of several Shetland companies involved in the operation, which culminated in the installation of the tank on the seabed 134m below the surface by the heavy lift barge Thialf.
Zander Simpson of Shetland Maritime Ltd was Premier Oil's marine representative while Peterson SBS provided logistical support and Lerwick Port Authority's tugs Knab and Kebister were involved in the float-off.
Ocean Kinetics managing director John Henderson said: “This project involved careful planning and engagement with Premier Oil, Aker and other participants.
“It demonstrated our ability to work both on and offshore as part of a wider team and relied heavily on our extensive knowledge and experience of working in this maritime location which is so important to the oil and gas industry.
“For such a large-scale operation, attention to detail and robust health and safety measures were paramount.
“The operation passed off successfully without incident and our clients were very pleased that work of this nature could be carried out so professionally by a company based in Shetland.”
Mr Simpson said: “This was a successful operation from start to finish and demonstrated good teamwork among all the participating companies.”
Premier Oils expressed their delight with the professional, high-quality service provided by Ocean Kinetics.
Bob Sinclair of Robert Sinclair Marine Consultants praised the “professional support” provided by Ocean Kinetics. “I cannot speak too highly of the standards of seamanship shown,” he said.