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Module removal.

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Hello, 

Today marks the final post in this series. 

It finishes with the big finale - the heavy lift of the accommodation module. 

Stuart Nuttall, project manager, watching

Project manager looks on with anticipation. 

Saipem s7000, M1, crane lifting, offshore, northsea, floating, heavy lift vessel

Nearly 3000 tonnes being lifted, which is effortless for the Saipem S7000. 

Saipem s7000, M1, crane lifting, offshore, northsea, floating, heavy lift vessel

With additional tugger lines fitter, the huge load can be rotated on its axis and and with great prescission laid onto the deck of the S7000. 

 

I hope that this series of blog posts over the last few months, have been of interest.

I have been working in the oil and gas industry for nearly 15 years and this has certainly been the most interesting project I have been involved in. 

The decommissioning of North Sea oil and gas platforms are unfortunately something that we are going to see much more, as the price of oil falls, and the platforms are becoming a less viable option to maintain and keep running. 

 

Thanks

 

Lee

Derrick removal.

Derrick, rigging, lifting, slings installed ready for lift IRATA, rope access, riggers

Hello, 

Today id like to show, the first couple of lifts. 

Above image the rope access riggers, install the cranes lifting equipment. 

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Derrick, remove, lifted with the Saipem 7000, crane, offshore in the north sea
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derrick, sea fastening, welding, on the deck of the S7000

Once landed the derrick is then sea fastened (welded) to the deck of the S7000.

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The next lift to be completed was the helideck. 

It was amazing to see these huge bits of an oil rig, look almost insignificant against the huge Saipem S7000 cranes. 

 

Thanks

The last supper.

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Hello, today we see the last evening meal that the catering crew served on the BP Miller. 

Certainly marked a large mile stone for the life of the platform. 

BP, Miller, end of life, Decommissioning, Aramark, last supper

The O.I.M's place is set. A chilled bottle of blue (non alcoholic) Becks at the ready. 

BP, Miller, end of life, Decommissioning, Aramark, last supper

Taking photos of the menu.

BP, Miller, end of life, Decommissioning, Aramark, last supper
BP, Miller, end of life, Decommissioning, Aramark, last supper
BP, Miller, end of life, Decommissioning, Aramark, last supper

The catering crew produced a fantastic meal. 

BP, Miller, end of life, Decommissioning, Aramark, last supper
BP, Miller, end of life, Decommissioning, Aramark, last supper

Catering team, proudly showing off their hard work. 

Offshore rope access technicians.

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Hello, 

Today id like to show some of the IRATA rope access technicians that were involved in the decommissioning of the BP Miller. 

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Welding on dead weight supports to the risers. 

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Rope access welder cutting a riser. 

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Long tiring climb back up. 

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Rope techs at height happy in their work. 

BP Miller decommissioning Scaffolder.

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The offshore scaffolder. 

They put up and take down scaffolding that allow offshore workers to reach higher levels during construction, decommissioning, maintenance or cleaning tasks.

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Offshore standby vessel.

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In the UK oil and gas industry, it is a requirement for a standby vessel to be present. These vessels primarily cover helicopter operations and if any work has to be conducted where there is a potential to fail to sea. (known as outboard work). These vessels sit there, day in day out, no matter the weather they provide us with emergency cover and would spring to life and help rescue if the unlikely event ever arose. 

Grampian Dee, offshore, northsea stand by vessel

BP Miller oil and gas installation Helideck.

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Today id like to show a few single images. In recent times the Civil aviation has instructed for all UK oil and gas installations to install specific lighting set up on their helidecks, if they require flights in the hours of darkness.

The illuminated helideck against a North Sea sunset makes for quite an interesting image. 

Thanks

 

Lee

Highest point in the north sea.

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The BP Miller, has the tallest flare stack in the North Sea, at 162m high, 

(4m taller than Blackpool tower)

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Caught our breath back, after a lung busted 15 ladder climb. 

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Image of the Brae Bravo platform, from the top of BP Miller flare. 

25 years of rust, in the North sea.

 

 

Here, are two images 25 years apart. 

The images are of the "pig launchers", on the cellar deck of the BP Miller platform,

one while the platform was being commissioned, and put together,

and the second, while decommissioning.

 

 

Thanks

 

 

Lee

BP Miller decommissioning core crew.

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This fine body of men.... 

Are one half of the Petrofac core crew involved with the mammoth task of decommissioning and removing a north sea oil rig. While this crew is offshore, our opposite numbers are at home on leave. 

This group is made up of the management, technical authorities, and lead technicians, that are required on board to keep a rig running safely.

Ken Hamon, Petrofac, OIM, offshore installation manager, north sea, BP Miller decommissioning, photography taken by, Lee Ramsden

Petrofac O.I.M.

Stuart Nuttall, Petrofac, Project Manager, offshore installation manager, north sea, BP Miller, OIM, decommissioning, photography taken by, Lee Ramsden

Petrofac Project Manager.

Simon Power, Petrofac, Project Manager, offshore installation manager, north sea, BP Miller, OIM, decommissioning, photography taken by, Lee Ramsden

Petrofac Project Manager.

The above, were the Petrofac offshore management for the project, all with different attributes and experiences, but all shared one key value - people skills.

You can be the most knowledgeable leader, but if your team are not supporting you, then you might as well give up.

These gents led by example, with integrity, and support. When the chips were down, could pick the whole team back up. Inspirational. 

 

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Now we called in back to backs and so all the core crew now on board, for the task of shutting down the platform. A mammoth task, completed with safety at the forefront and ahead of the schedule.  

Offshore - O.I.M

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The Petrofac O.I.M for the BP Miller decommissioning project.  

The Offshore Installation Manager (OIM) is the most senior manager of an offshore platform operating on the UKCS.

Many offshore operators have adopted this UK offshore management model and title and applied it to their operations in all global regions irrespective of the local regulations in force.

In the UK the individual must be officially registered as an OIM with the Offshore Safety Division of the Health and Safety Executive and the OIM is responsible for the health, welfare and safety of the personnel on board the installation, whether a drilling rig, production platform or a support vessel (e.g. a flotel).

Ken Hamon, Petrofac, OIM, offshore installation manager, north sea, BP Miller decommissioning, photography taken by, Lee Ramsden

 

Thanks

 

 

Lee

 

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Rig removal. North sea.

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North sea oil and gas rig.

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New Job.

Azerbaijan IRATA industrial rope access Caspian sea SKN workers drilling helideck James Stewart

Hello all,

Its has been awhile since my last post. I have been very busy with my job abroad over in Baku - Azerbaijan.

In the last 17 weeks I have been back in the UK less then 2 weeks and so i have been run off my feet.

After new year i will be on a rota and have more time off which is good news,

Here are a few images from being offshore over in Baku. The images were taken on my Canon G10.

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Azerbaijan on the world map

Azerbaijan IRATA industrial rope access Caspian sea abseiling

This one is funny,

one of the bosses came out of his office, to stand on the ground, watch me set up the ropes, then proceed to abseil down.

When i get to the bottom he approaches me..

"F- That, look at how high you are!"

"Yeah i know" i tell him,... its my job and this isn't that extreme.

"thats not for me" he says "Shouldnt there be specialists that do this?"

Ha ha yeah... me you clown.. Now go back to your warm office and watch through the window...

Azerbaijan IRATA industrial rope access Caspian sea abseiling offshore oil rig Shardeniz
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