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    TotalEnergies nears Tyra II completion


Denmark's leading gas and condensate producer has now had seven of its eight platforms installed. [Image: TotalEnergies]

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TotalEnergies nears Tyra II completion

TotalEnergies said April 13 it had completed installation of the seventh platform at its Tyra II gas and condensate project offshore Denmark, leaving only a single platform to be installed before first gas in 2023.

Ten days of lifting operations concluded with the lifting of the final and heaviest module into position at Tyra East, a 5,584 metric ton platform holding the crew's state-of-the-art living and utility quarters. At the project's western sector, three wellhead and riser platforms weighing 3,485 tons had already been lifted into their jackets to replace the field's antiquated facilities. 


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Sembcorp Marine delivered the platforms, while for the utility quarters TotalEnergies had to charter a delivery vessel to cover a 5,800-km voyage to Denmark from Ravenna in Italy.

Tyra typically produces most of Denmark's gas output, having launched in 1984. The gas and condensate field's infrastructure has degraded over the past 40 years, which led to its closure in September 2019 and the decision to invest in all-new facilities. The prospect of unlocking substantial European gas flows from its reserves will be a major boost to the continent as it seek to replace more Russian gas imports, which now supply about 40% of EU's gas needs.

A delay at the project last year forced the Danish Energy Agency to slash national production forecasts. At peak output, the Tyra II project will supply around 60,000 barrels of oil equivalent/day, for the next 25 years.

TotalEnergies has a 43.2% operated stake in Tyra, and is partnered with Noreco (36.8%), Danish state-owned vehicle Nordsofonden (20%). The French major began its involvement in 2018 when it bought out Maersk Oil and Chevron's positions.

All that is left is to install Tyra II's new processing platform in the Danish North Sea waters. The processing module is even heavier than the living quarters, weighing in at 16,600 tons, and TotalEnergies expects to set the world record for platform weight once it arrives from Indonesia later this year. TotalEnergies is also undertaking welding works to secure each facility against stormy North Sea conditions.