Drydocks World completes world’s largest turret
Dubai-based Drydocks World has completed construction of an 11,000-tonne turret mooring system, designed to allow safe operation in extreme conditions for Shell’s floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) vessel ‘Prelude’.
The 26m diameter, nearly 100m high turret is the result of more than five million man-hours (without lost time incidents) in cooperation with Shell, Technip and SBM offshore. Drydocks World delivered five modules for the turret mooring system, which was the result of a multinational project – designs were completed in Monaco with construction in Dubai, after which the modules are to be shipped to South Korea for use in Shell’s Prelude gas field off the northwest coast of Australia.
Drydocks World has worked with SBM Offshore on several key projects. It holds a strategic alliance agreement with Shell for repair and maintenance, and has also worked alongside Technip on several occasions. The sail-away and completion ceremony was attended by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and chairman and chief executive of Emirates Airline and Group.
The drydock company said: “Dubai is well known for its record-breaking construction projects, and completion of the world’s largest turret is Drydocks World’s contribution towards the continuation of record-breaking projects in Dubai.”
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