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BiFab jacket quietly gets its coat on...

Solan jacket, built by BiFab for Premier Oil, sails away from the Methil yard. August 2014.

Solan jacket, built by BiFab for Premier Oil, sails away from the Methil yard. August 2014.

After dominating the local skyline for more than a year, the departure by barge of an offshore jacket from Methil on Thursday made a majestic sight.

As the jacket’s construction grew to tower over nearby homes, the Wellesley Road viewing point above the BiFab yard had been a regular stopping point for local people and last week was no exception, as dozens gathered throughout the week to see the massive bright yellow structure first loaded on to the barge and then sail away.

It was a scene that brought back memories of when the yard, under various previous ownerships, including RDL, RGC and Kvearner, regularly undertook offshore projects for the North Sea.

The near perfect weather conditions meant the jacket, weighing 8200 tonnes and measuring 165m in length, was also clearly visible from along the coast as it slowly made its way down the Forth at the start of its journey to the Solan field, around 130km west of Shetland.

It is now to be installed in the 135-metre deep waters, where, once piled to the seabed, it will support the topside, also being constructed by BiFab and which is scheduled to leave this month.

BiFab carried out the construction for Premier Oil.

 

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