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Giant living block on the move in Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 13:42 07 May 2014 | UPDATED: 15:29 07 May 2014

A giant North Sea Accomodation  block built by SLP in Lowestoft in slowly manoeuvred onto a barge ready to be taken out to sea on the 19th May.

A giant North Sea Accomodation block built by SLP in Lowestoft in slowly manoeuvred onto a barge ready to be taken out to sea on the 19th May.

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For about 18 months it has gradually grown into a dominating temporary landmark on Lowestoft’s harbour.

A giant North Sea Accomodation  block built by SLP in Lowestoft in slowly manoeuvred onto a barge ready to be taken out to sea on the 19th May. A giant North Sea Accomodation block built by SLP in Lowestoft in slowly manoeuvred onto a barge ready to be taken out to sea on the 19th May.

And today the giant gas and oil rig accommodation block at Sembmarine SLP at Hamilton Dock took its first assisted steps towards a new home in the North Sea.

This morning the 2,000-tonne living quarters block could be seen inching its way onto a huge barge which is due to head out on Monday, May 19 to Nexen Petroleum’s Golden Eagle Area Development project, 130 miles offshore of Aberdeen.

The six-storey Golden Eagle living accommodation block has room for 140 rig workers and comes complete with twin bed cabins with en-suite bathrooms, dining room, recreation, gymnasium, medical and office facilities and a helicopter landing deck.

It was inched onto the giant barge with the use of specialist wheeled trailers from contractors ALE.

The trailers were controlled remotely by one contractor as about 30 workmen and engineers ensured the block slowly rolled forward safely on the barge.

Once in place the block was welded onto the barge so the trailers could be reversed out.

Sembmarine SLP was awarded the multi-million Golden Eagle contract at the tail end of 2011. It also involved building a bridge connecting the living block to the main rig and a flare to burn off fuel.

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