Byron loads out SM71 platform & jacket ahead of departure to Gulf of Mexico
Monday, Nov 06, 2017
 Loading of the SM71 “F” jacket and deck onto material barges has been completed
 Material barges will be secured and ready for transport to SM71 location mid-week
 Offshore installation of the Byron operated SM71 F platform will commence on November 10

Byron Energy Limited (“Byron”) (ASX: BYE) is pleased to announce, that operations to move the SM71 F platform jacket and decks on to material barges are now complete. The 350-US ton jacket and 600- US ton platform decks were moved on to the barges utilising transporter trailers by Berard Transportation of New Iberia, Louisiana. Currently, welding crews are working to secure the items to the barges in anticipation of being towed to location at SM71 where installation will occur.

Weather forecasts and equipment availability are favourable for a departure from Galveston the middle of the week. Transit time to SM71 from Galveston is estimated to be 26 hours. The Tetra Hedron derrick barge is expected to meet the material barges on Friday, November 10 to begin installation. Once all barges and cargo are on location at SM71, the derrick barge will commence operations to set the jacket and drive the pilings to secure it to the seafloor. After that step, the deck will be lifted in to position and welded in place on top of the jacket. Offshore installation operations are expected to take 6 days. Mobilisation of the contracted Ensco 68 rig will occur for the drilling of the SM71 F2 well as sea conditions permit. First production from the SM71 F platform is currently expected by late January 2018 after completion operations.

CEO Comment

Maynard V. Smith, Byron’s CEO had this to say about the SM71 load-out:-

“Berard Transportation has completed a very impressive, professional and safe operation in Galveston. Despite rainy conditions and tight working space, the load-out went according to plan. All that remains is to finish securing the jacket and decks. After that, loading and securing the jacket pilings and other ancillary equipment on a second barge will take place. Right now, all equipment to set the facility is available and Byron will mobilise the tugs and barges mid-week. The Tetra Technologies Hedron derrick barge will rendezvous with the barges at SM71 and the 6-day operation to install the jacket and decks will commence. The Ensco 68 drilling rig will then mobilise to our location once work on the platform is complete and conditions are good to get on location over the platform.”

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