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DBR Involved In Oranje-Nassau Energie Project P11

DBR, specialist in custom-built generator sets based in Sliedrecht, the Netherlands, has recently received the order to engineer, produce and test a stand-alone diesel generator set for the innovative P11 offshore gas-processing platform. Offshore Industry's Ron van Uum talks to Mr Henri Hafkamp, Sales Manager of DBR.

Mr Hafkamp: "We were asked to design and manufacture this generator set by Oranje Nassau Energie (ONE), the largest privately-owned Dutch exploration and production company in the oil and gas business. We are very proud to participate in this innovative and highly prestigious project."

Harsh offshore conditions

The P11 platform is an unmanned and sustainable satellite platform, consisting of a topside and jacket, intended to work for the P11-E field located 55 kilometres northwest off Rotterdam harbour. Mr Hafkamp: "It goes without saying that the maintenance intervals of a stand-alone generator on an unmanned drilling rig must be as long as possible. The generator, which will function as a back-up unit for illumination, service and so on, will be placed on the topside, exposed to the elements, and must be fitted with a fully enclosed, stainless-steel housing. We want to restrict the harsh North Sea weather conditions and the impact of salt air and water to a minimum. The design lifetime of the generator set will be over fifteen years and the operational costs must be kept as low as possible."

In full swing

Mr Hafkamp continues: "In July we received the order from ONE to start working on the design, construction, assembly and testing of the generator package. We are now in full swing with its design, the purchase of equipment parts, the producing of drawings and schemes and other development activities. We plan to start the production and assembly of the generator set in the first half of October. At the end of 2015 we intend to start testing. Early next year the onshore installation will take place at a well-known Dutch yard."

DBR is currently also producing the hydraupack for the intended hydraulic crane, which is driven by a Volvo Diesel engine and combined with a solar panel.