2011-2012

CEE Alumnus Talks About Milestone ExxonMobil Project

Former ExxonMobil Senior Manager William G. Hillner, class of 1970, recently returned to campus to discuss the construction and deployment of Russia’s largest offshore production platform.

Former ExxonMobil Senior Manager William G. Hillner, class of 1970, came to campus last month as part of the Civil & Environmental Engineering Seminar Series.  He presented an overview of the construction and deployment of ExxonMobil’s gravity-based structure Berkut for the Arkuntun-Dagi platform off Sakhalin Island in 2012 and spoke about its significance to Russia’s oil and gas production.  He shared a wealth of knowledge with students along with personal anecdotes about his experience leading this exciting project for Russia’s largest offshore production platform.

Hillner’s career with ExxonMobil spans over 35 years as a construction manager in all aspects of petrochemical construction with significant recent international experience in West Africa, Middle East and Russia.  Past construction developments include Greenfield refinery projects, FPSO new builds, onshore/offshore upstream processing and production facilities and offshore substructures, with additional experience as constructability advisor during FEED and detail design.

In May 2012, ExxonMobil announced it’s completion of the gravity-based structure (GBS) Berkut, meaning ‘golden eagle’ in Russian.  In early June it took five tugs to tow the 160-ton Berkut GBS from the construction site and deliver the facility to its target location to be anchored onto the seabed. The base for the Berkut is an ice-resistant fixed platform designed to safely operate year-round in a seismically active area and able to withstand winter temperatures of 44 C° below zero, waves up to 18 meters, and sea ice of up to two meters thick.  The facility was designed to extract up to 4.5 million tons of hydrocarbons per year with the first oil expected to be produced there in 2014.

December 5, 2012

 
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