A TEMPORARY dock facility (TDF) in Stanley harbour that will provide logistics support to exploration drilling was given planning permission at yesterday’s meeting of the Planning and Building Committee. TDF at the end of the three year operational period. track crane. Barge facilities will then be built. vessels will travel to and from the offshore assets, transporting supplies and personnel as required. Noble Energy Falklands Limited will construct and operate the dock in partnership with Premier Oil and it will lie 400 metres to the east of FIPASS. Speaking to the committee in a short presentation Noble’s Richard Winkleman explained that the floating barge, causeway and mooring dolphins would leave New Orleans, Louisiana around January 25, come down the east coast of South America and land in the Falklands in early March when construction of the dock will begin. The TDF will be operational on a 24-7 basis, 365 days a year and provide cargo handling services, lifting facilities and equipment and will have the logistical capabilities to handle materials for the offshore oil and gas industry including dry bulk powders, drilling mud and drilling water storage. Offshore Support Vessels will enter Stanley Harbour and moor temporarily at the TDF in order to receiveorbackloadmaterialsand supplies. It is expected that the total number of vessel movements to the TDF from offshore operations will be an average of one vessel per day, with a peak of no more than three per day. Although the TDF will have a design life of 10 years Noble proposed that the facility be operational for three years and then removed in line with the Falkland Islands Government’s policy, that the effects of oil development on Stanley Harbour must only be temporary. Construction will involve a new road linking the causeway to Coastel Road followed by the installation of the floating barge unit, including ballasting. The causeway will then be installed including the beach landing point and ramp. The installation of lighting will follow and the commissioning of a lattice boom It will also provide infrastructure to handle waste. Government will be offered ‘right of first refusal’ on the It was noted that the baseline for noise was already high due to vessel movements to FIPASS thus noise impact from the TDF was considered, “minimal.” Other oil and gas operators are likely to share the dock, however Noble and Premier Oil will maintain the operational manning and overall responsibility for it. It is estimated that four people will be required to manage and operate the TDF on a day to day basis. Noise impact on Stanley from the TDF has been assessed. In terms of shipping movements Continued on page 2
On sea lion only? Or with successful results on Jayne, Isobel, zebedee, George, Chatham etc? It's quite mind blowing the potential heights rkh could climb Come on bod, let's get that rig and start drilling Gla & happy new year
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