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Booster platform becomes unmanned

person by the Norwegian Petroleum Museum
Two platforms equipped with powerful pumps were originally installed along the oil pipeline from Ekofisk to Teesside to boost flow.
— Norpipe 37/4 A. Photo: Husmo Foto/Norwegian Petroleum Museum
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Only one of these, Norpipe 37/4 A, which stands a considerable distance inside the UK sector, was in active use after the pipeline came on line in 1975. This workplace was an outlier in the Ekofisk system, with a helicopter calling only twice a week.

After 12 years, the pumps finally shut down in 1987 and the workforce was withdrawn. Oil transport to Teesside had declined, and an additional boost was no longer required.

To ensure unhindered passage for the pigs used to inspect and clean the pipeline, an additional loop was installed on the platform.

After the crew left, the foghorn and navigation lights were the only active systems left and were run by two new generators. Maintenance visits were made twice a year, while a passing liner reported weekly on whether the navigation system worked.


New offshore tours of dutyJacking provides the solution
Published 21. June 2019   •   Updated 21. June 2019
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