Q13a-A production platform

On the Q13a-A production platform on the North Sea just off the coast of Scheveningen, electricity is provided by a cable from a main land facility instead of using a power generator offshore.

Q13-A platform in the Dutch North Sea.

By using an old sewage pipe under the dunes leading into the sea the electric cable connects the electricity net of the Municipality of The Hague with the platform that is situated 14 kilometers off the coast. This solution prevents the usage of fossil resources and is more environmentally friendly. It saves approximately 14,000 tons of CO2 per year.

Besides, the Q13a-A platform is coloured grey instead of the common yellow. This is done to have it blend into the greyish skies of the Netherlands. We have also positioned the platform at an angle that the smallest surface is visible from the beach.

Facts

Installation: 2013

Maximum POB: 14 (normally unmanned)

Water depth: 20.0 m

Location: Distance from Den Helder: 94.6 km (51.1 nm), Distance from the Scheveningen shore: 13.4 km (7.2 nm)

  • electricity from the mainland via a cable using an existing pipe of an old factory (no emission)
  • platform is anchored by suction anchors (no driving needed due to the water depth of 19 meters
  • the produced oil goes to the existing P15 platform from TAQA via a pipeline, so no need to transport the oil via tankers
  • the platform is not yellow as all other platforms, but greyish like the 'Dutch skies', to make it less visible
  • the platform is positioned in such a way that it is least visible from the beach

History
1962 - Discovery of the Amstelveld
1990 - First test drillings in the '90s
2008 - EBN B.V. takes part in the activities
2010 - GDF SUEZ E&P Nederland B.V. acquires the rights
2011 - Successful test drilling
2013 - Installation of the platform
2014 - Start of oil production