Yolla accommodation module for Bass Strait

1st September 2012

Yolla accommodation module for Australia’s Bass Strait, built in Taranaki

About two years ago, joint venture owners Origin Energy and AWE agreed on a substantial mid-life enhancement (MLE) project that would see the conversion of a usually unmanned platform located in Australia’s Bass Strait, into a manned facility – the opposite of what normally happens with offshore oil and gas fields.

New Plymouth-based Fitzroy Engineering Group (FEGL) subsequently won the significant engineering procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the Yolla Module, after a global search, to design and build the facility which provides accommodation for up to 44 people. The complete module complex incorporates bunkrooms, a state of the art kitchen, mess hall, laundry, gymnasium, offices, associated power and water facilities and even fire fighting installation.

FEGL’s EPC scope involved overall project and construction management, planning and schedule management, with detailed design undertaken by their engineering teams based in New Plymouth and Melbourne. The project involved over 100,000 man-hours of work for Fitzroy Engineering, along with full commissioning and operator training.

Project value: $35 million (NZ)

Size/Scale: 35 m long accommodation unit for attachment to the Yolla Gas platform in Australia’s Bass Strait.

Awarded To: Fitzroy Engineering Group, New Plymouth

View the timelapse video showcasing construction of the Yolla Accomodation module at Fitzroy Engineer’s New Plymouth workshop:

Once completed the bright yellow 680 tonne mega module, was loaded onto purpose-built heavy lift road trailers, and made its way though the night along New Plymouth’s heavy haul route to Port Taranaki, where it was loaded onto the heavy lift vessel, STG Jascon 25, for transportation across the Tasman

The awarding and subsequent completion of this significant contract reaffirmed Taranaki’s capability as a globally competitive heavy engineering centre, and adds to the region’s reputation as an international base for oil and gas expertise.