Perla platforms nearly complete

Construction of three new fixed steel platforms for the Perla gas field off Venezuela is nearly complete at the Commsa fabrication yard in Tampico, Mexico, following the arrival last week of three aluminium buildings from LQT Industries.

LQT, headquartered in Broussard, Louisiana, fabricated and shipped the Motor Control Centres (MCCs) to Mexico about three weeks ago.

The buildings will be integrated with the topsides for a hub platform and two satellite structures which will collect gas from the Perla field in the Gulf of Venezuela for operator Cardon IV, a joint venture between Italy’s Eni and Spain’s Repsol.

Once completed, the platforms will be sent to Venezuela where they will be installed by Italian marine contractor Saipem.

MCC buildings are used to house switchgear, motor controls, instrumentation, and seven-day battery back-up systems.

Gas from the Perla field development will be piped from the platforms to shore via a multi-phase pipeline. A new gas conditioning and condensate stabilisation plant is being built onshore to process up to 300 million cubic feet per day.

The gas is expected to be used to help fuel power generation in Venezuela.

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