The Shell Pierce C1 Development lies some 150 miles due east of Aberdeen, 85 metres below sea level. The development will introduce a new oil production site approximately 3kms to the north west of the existing facility.

A new WHPS (wellhead protection system) was installed during May 2012 and fixed in position. The WHPS is required as the wellhead is remote from the existing facilities and therefore protection is required to prevent damage to the asset due to dropped objects and interaction from fishing gear.

As part of the offshore pile driving operations, Dawson Contract Piling supplied a complete primary & backup spread with all associated piling equipment, including a Dawson HPH15k impact hammer. DCP also provided offshore support technicians, operators and project managers to SUBSEA 7 for the purposes of pile installation for the WHPS. Four Ø24”x 19.1m piles were successfully driven to target penetration to secure the WHPS to the sea bed.

In the offshore feed back report the client highlighted the proactive, helpful and excellent service of the Dawson team and that DCP should be considered at the engineering/tender stage for similar campaigns. All objectives were achieved and the job completed within specification and tolerance.

Technical Specifications

The WHPS is a slab sided piled structure weighing circa 140Te which will provide protection to the C1 Tree from dropped objects and fishing interaction. The WHPS was piled by means of four Ø610mm (24”) OD x 19.1m piles. The Dawson 15k hydraulic piling hammer with new electrical switching was deployed to drive these piles. Each pile was driven to level well within limits with a total hamer overboard time of 4hrs.

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