It’s hard to talk about “world’s largest” in maritime and offshore manufacturing without mentioning Hyundai Heavy Shipyard, and this is no different. That’s because this weekend HHI loaded onto a barge what is now the world’s largest offshore platform for final touches and delivery.
The platform, called the North Rankin B, was ordered by Australia’s Wood-Side Energy as part of the North Rankin 2 Project, a $5 billion investment announced in 2008 for North Rankin and Perseus gas fields offshore Australia.
Measuring 100m long by 50m wide, the 25,000 ton platform will stand 80m off the water. The North Rankin B platform will be installed on an offshore jacket alongside the existing North Rankin A platform and connected by a 100 meter bridge where they will operate as a single integrated facility.
The North Rankin & Perseus fields, located offshore western Australia, are part of the North West Shelf Venture project, Australia’s largest resource development in history. The project owned by an international consortium that includes BHP Billiton, BP, Chevron, Shell, Woodside Energy and Japan Australia LNG.
The NR2 platform is scheduled to sail out in mid-December after finishing touches.