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The hull of the Hutton TLP - 2009
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No: 1702   Contributor: Garve Scott-Lodge   Companies: Conoco Philips   Year: 2009   Country: United Kingdom
The hull of the Hutton TLP - 2009

The Conoco Hutton TLP was the first tension leg platform. The hull was built at Highland Fabricators yard at Nigg on the Cromarty Firth, north Scotland in the early 1980s. The deck section was built at Mcdermott's yard at Ardersier, a few miles across the water, and the two were mated together in the Moray firth off Findhorn.

The hull has now returned to the firth, having been decommissioned. The deck section was removed in Murmansk, northern Russia.
Picture added on 19 March 2009 at 13:28
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Good Picture of the tlp hull, is there any plans for it yet? thought it was going to be used for a new drill rig?

Added by Duncan Dingwall on 11 April 2009.
I workrd at Nigg on the construction of this, they reckon that there was as many British Gas qualified NDT guys on this one job as there was in the country the year before! Boy I could tell some tales about the characters up there! (Roland rat, Clint, Gutto The Wonder Pig and others!) I also worked at Ardersier during the 'Orange Juce' strike and on the mating at Finhorn!

Added by Steve on 15 January 2010.
I also worked in Nigg on the construction of the hull, I was a newly qualified MPI man and this was my first job in NDT!!

Added by Mike Deere on 16 April 2010.
I worked on the TLP, it was a great place to work, all the lads were sound.

Added by Ray Carney on 22 July 2010.
I was a crane op on the TLP for nine years. Started when she was still in the Moray Firth. Great rig to work on apart from my arsehole of a boss. Some happy memories of the lads on my deck crew, Atholl, Mark, John the plastic Fifer, Uncle Big Bad and Jake the Buckie Capo. I was always blessed with a bunch of nutters and there was never a dull moment. Happy days.

Added by Dave Blair on 18 April 2011.
I got a good few years work out of the T.L.P. between Nigg, Ardesier and Leith docks with Motherwell Bridge. The "orange juice" strike was at Nigg and was set up between Hifab and Conoco to do do the local boys out of their allowances. If I remember right the local boys got free buses to work and were on traveling time time to get to work and back. The working conditions building the T.L.P. were extreme, very tight spaces and very, very hot, it was so hot that welders like myself used to work two to an arc, meaning work for half an hour rest for half an hour. It was so hot you didn't even get soaked in sweat it just dried up on you, so that's where the salt tablets, orange juice and shower time came in, the latter conditions not only affected the local guys but also us subbies working on the job so we all went on strike. Headlines in the Daily Record the next week, 300 HUNDRED POUNDS A WEEK OIL WORKERS GO ON STRIKE OVER FREE ORANGE JUICE, you can imagine the storms that caused in homes up and down the country, honest hen I only 100 pounds a week. Anyway if I remember right the strike lasted about six weeks and the local guys had to go back to work on a much worse deal.

Added by Kenny Marshall on 08 June 2013.
It is hard to believe that it was all that long ago. I worked at Hi-Fab from 1972 until 1979 through the BP Forties, Chevron Ninian, and other smaller platform jackets. In 1979 "Big" Walter Allison, Mike Joyce, and myself went to work for Brown and Root in Bahrain and we stayed there just over on year. That started the traveling because I wet from there to Indonesia to work for McDermott for 2 years. After that I was back at Nigg for the building of the Hutton TLP. So many good, and not-so-good memories. It was a great time though. Looking at some other posts and seeing all of the names, I can still see them in my mind like it was yesterday. After Nigg I took to the road again and worked in Norway and the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and have now been living in Louisiana USA for 26 years. I work for a major oil company and coordinate mechanical integrity inspection of 7 (soon to be 8) TLPs in the Gulf of Mexico. I look at my working for Highlands Fabricators as having been a great start to a satisfying career in the Oil and Gas industry. I still remember and think about the people I knew back then. John Ferguson, John Duguno, Tommy McAlister, Tommy Morton, Ed Stanke, Tony Horton, and many more. It would be great to hear form anyone who would like to communicate.

Added by David Ryan on 31 July 2014.
I had the pleasure in working on the TLP in 97/98 as a roughneck, it was a great Rig & massive gym & one of the biggest V Doors ive ever seen, & when it was quiet (which was rarely) we'd take it in turns to race up to the crown & back down to the drillfloor, It was a pleasure to work on with some great guys.

Added by Clive Jackson on 20 August 2014.
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