Norpipe 36/22 A
- Pumping station on oil pipeline to Teesside
- Installed in 1974
- Operational in 1975
- Shut down in 1994
- Removed during 2009-2010
Operational in October 1975, the 350-kilometre oil pipeline from Ekofisk to the terminal at Teesside was originally provided with two pumping stations – Norpipe 37/4 A and 36/22 A – to maintain pressure. Both have since been disconnected and removed.
The steel jacket (support structure) and module support frame (MSF) for 36/22 A were fabricated in France by UIE at Cherbourg and St Wandrille respectively.
Turbines on the platform operated only for two years until 1977, when new technology made it possible to pump oil directly from Ekofisk 2/4 P to Teesside.
The turbines were disconnected, but the pipeline still went up onto the platform before continuing to the UK. Crew were removed from 36/22 A in 1983, and the pipeline was re-laid to bypass the platform. Its topsides were removed in 2009 and its jacket in 2010.
Three GE (MS-3002J) two-stage axial turbines (11 800/14 400hp)
Three Bingham one-stage centrifugal pumps
Generator room with three Bergen Diesel generator sets, each 640KVA
Three-storey accommodation module with 31 beds – one single, nine double and three four-bed cabins
Helideck dimensioned for a Super Puma
Two B-E MK 60 cranes
Fire pumps and lifeboats
Water depth: 81 metres. Max height above sea level: 95 metres.
Total weight: about 9 750 tonnes.