The jacket and topsides for Premier Oil’s Tolmount field development off the UK are making their way to meet Heerema Marine Contractors' (HMC) huge semi-submersible crane vessel Sleipnir for installation in the coming weeks.

London-listed Premier shared photos on social media of the journey, which was delayed earlier this year by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Tolmount jacket and topsides en route to Premier's Tolmount field in the southern North Sea where it will meet the Sleipnir heavy-lift vessel for installation in late September/early October,” Premier said on LinkedIn.

En route: jacket and topside for Premier’s Tolmount field Photo: PREMIER OIL

The topsides and jacket were recently loaded out at fabrication contractor Rosetti Marino’s yard in Ravenna, Italy.

The facility was only weeks away from load out when the yard was closed in early March as a result of the wider lockdown ordered by the Italian government to halt the spread of the coronavirus. The yard reopened in May.

One consequence of the Covid-19 delay and the platform being in the yard for longer was a high level of completion at sailaway, leaving only “minimal” work to take place offshore, Premier chief technical officer Stewart Wheaton said in August.

Premier is on target for first gas from its Tolmount gas field — where the operator holds a 50% interest — in May.

En route: jacket and topside for Premier’s Tolmount field Photo: PREMIER OIL