A New Era Begins
The Apache Forties Alpha Satellite Platform (FASP) Jacket, designed by Sea & Land Project Engineering Limited and built at Offshore Group Newcastle’s (OGN) yard in Tyneside, was loaded out and sailed down the Tyne in July 2012. Having left harbour-mouth it was delivered direct to the Forties field in the North Sea about 180km off the coast of Aberdeen. British designed and built, at 5,500 tonnes and 126 metres in height, the Apache FASP jacket is the largest ever to be designed and fabricated on the River Tyne and is one of the biggest North Sea oil and gas jackets built in a UK yard for at least 25 years.
After installation of the Satellite Jacket, it was made secure by driving piles into the seabed where it then awaited delivery and installation of its Topsides, and a Bridge-link to the existing Platform, to complete the construction.