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Hutton TLP Deck
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No: 1681   Contributor: Duncan Dingwall   Companies: Conoco Philips   Year: 1983   Country: United Kingdom
Hutton TLP Deck

Conoco Hutton Deck During Construction - Ardersier Yard 1984. My Father took this Photo when he worked on this Project.
Picture added on 21 February 2009 at 15:25
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This was my first proper job, and I can still remember it clearly. Ardersier was a nasty backstabbing place to work, but there were lots of laughs as well.

We inspectors had a couple of portacabins underneath the structure, but we had to get metal plates added to the roof. This was because bored welders used to sharpen a welding rod, make flights out of milk cartons and drop them on the cabins from 50 feet above. You'd be sitting in the cabin and suddenly an 18 inch long metal needle would come shooting through the roof!

I also remember Peter Mutch, who wasn't allowed to drive the company landrover. He asked if someone would drive him up the yard, and was told, 'aye, one of us'll be out in a minute'. However, sitting in the passenger seat he got cold or bored, so decided to start the landy up. Unfortunately it was in gear, started and jumped forward, smashing the portacabin back 3 feet. We dashed out of the cabin to find Peter, arse up in the landrover trying to push the brake and clutch in with his hands!

Added by Garve Scott-Lodge on 22 February 2009.
Garve

Thanks for the commment, My Father worked down at Ardersier until 2001. Thats some storys you have about the welding rod's & landrover! My Father also has a few cracking storys, some are unbelievable!

I see that the TLP Hull is currently sitting in the Cromarty Firth.

Cheers

Added by Duncan Dingwall on 25 February 2009.
I worked at McDermotts, a good site but not perfect and did get to work on the T L P project. A good set of lads, enjoyed every minute. Are you reading Tom Paxton? Have lost contact over the years, am now working in Nigeria.

Added by Alan Barsby on 07 August 2010.
I feel a bit of a fraud for using this float-out site 'cos I first set foot aboard the day following the actual mateup. First job was stripping out control consoles and computers from temp control room and they were still warm. All this mate-up gear went into a skip. I was there with James Scot in my capacity of TL, welding spark and plantman. Had about 100 arc welders to look after which were running very intensively 24 hour a day and about 60/70 welders. Only lost one machine which got crushed. Main memory is of the horrendous conditions welders were working under as they welded the topside to the can tops. I seem to recall that they could only work in the honeycomb cells for 30 minutes after which they came and out and were replaced with their mate for the next 30 mins. and so on throughout the shift. The heat from the stress relieving and their own arcs in such a confined space was horrendous. These welders were offered a bonus if they stayed to see the mate-up to completion. I seem to recall that some clown took exception to the men getting free orange juice to counter the dehydration they were experiencing. I bet HE'S on a big company pension now!! Cant remember if we(J.SCOT) were on the same bonus deal, but I doubt it. As the mate-up welding finally ran down after 5-6 weeks I reverted to assisting the electrical mate-up team of maybe a dozen James Scot guys until the job completed. Only lads I remember are John and Kenny farquhar. Still got a pic of John on another platform. Can't remember much more about it now but I still have a strong memory of an accident when a bundle of redundant handrail from the column tops slipped out of the crane sling and hit some men on the gangway steps at tlp end. 2 men were hit and left badly hurt and unconcious. A witness said that he thought that there was MORE than 2 involved so it was suspected that maybe some-one had gone overboard. Trouble was, the crew was raised from men across a dozen other platforms very quickly so we hadn' t had time to discover/meet everybody aboard. This dilemma was ultimately solved by holding a lifeboat muster to find out who was missing. Nobody was, so the witness had been incorrect, although he had NEVER said he saw a body hit the water, only that a few seconds earlier he thought he had passed 3 men, not just 2. By the way, if anybody picks up on this maybe they can recall the name of the barge and the mate-up company. Gone from my mind now. They wore yellow boilersuits(canary suits) of which I only got rid of mine a few years ago. I think I spent about 10 weeks total aboard with only 1 weeks leave. Again, I cant remember the details but I made a return to tlp as a working platform a few years later. I know that they were replacing faulty pipe joints on the accomodation sprinkler system. Its a bugger, but all jobs, platforms, barges and events are getting very hazy now as my years advance. I'm losing it!! Oh, I was offshore with James Scot(an excellent firm)for near enough 23 years. finally leaving the north sea in 1998. Glad to be gone 'cos the job and people had changed so much. When I was fired from the murchison in 1998 by a new outfit that had taken over the maintenance contract from James Scot I was in such a poor state that I decided to cash my pensions early and retire. Never looked back since until I discovered this site last week.

Added by Alan Clark (Oilslick) on 30 December 2010.
My old man worked on hutten tlp while it was in commision. He was a scaffolder on maintainance when it was sited offshore, still got a xmas card with photo inside from about 86/87. He says the best thing about the job apart from money was the food they got, says it was 5 star. Mick Conway

Added by D Conway on 26 April 2011.
A magic platform to work on.
First joined Conoco in 1983 and went up to Nigg Bay to work on the hull section.
Spent many years working as a maintenance tech on the platform until 1996.
I met many good guys over the intervening years and have to say that the TLP was the friendliest and best platform I have ever worked on.
Still in touch today with some of the lads from those days. ( I have just uploaded a core crew picture taken in 1987 - picture #2461 - you might recall some of the boys faces?)

Added by Jim Davis on 03 June 2011.
I worked in the design team in London and had a chance to go to Ardersier before the sailaway. Great job and the construction guys were a great bunch such a shame the yard had to close.

Added by Paul Homer on 04 April 2013.
I worked on the TLP as crane op, I remember you well Jim. Part of the Geordie mafia, haha.
Great platform to work on and a brilliant bunch of lads for the most part. I'm still in touch with a couple of the guys to this day.

Added by Dave Blair. on 20 December 2013.
Hatton, now it Prirazlomnaja platform in the Barents Sea. For construction Prirazlomnaya were used topsides Hatton. Just use some of the derrick, flare tower, and a small piece of equipment. Now Prirazlomnaja posuti former Hatton on a new basis.)))))

Added by Jackson on 05 January 2014.
I was one of the Senior Fabrication Inspectors on the TLP my oppo was Ben o Haggen. The TlP was a challange but a brilliant piece of Engineering. The Top Side is still in use being part of the Russian Rig that GreenPeace tried to stop working.

Added by Bert Scorgie on 27 January 2014.
I was McD lead planner for TLP topsides build, back working with McD!

Added by Sandy Matheson on 05 August 2015.
The TLP was one of my greatest work experiences during the fabrication at McD's. Davy Moy was the fastest guy to go from ground level to the top of the flare stack.

Added by Colin Macrae Fabrication Group Manager TLP McD's on 18 August 2016.
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