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Statfjord A in bad weather
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No: 207   Contributor: Garve Scott-Lodge   Year: 1980   Country: Norway
Statfjord A in bad weather

Statfjord A in bad weather, with both flotels disconnected. The motion of the accommodation rigs was more than the gangways of the time could handle without damaging the platform. Today's telescopic gangways eliminate the need to disconnect.
Picture added on 04 December 2006
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5 years plus on statfjord A. Good times, nowhere to run times. Made a lot of good friends I mean friends?

Added by Taffy Jones on 20 June 2009.
How do you become a Roughneck on one of these oil rigs? Ive been trying to get on that for quite some time.

Added by Robin Arndt on 01 September 2009.
Goodness, this takes me back some time. I was an exchange student looking for summer work in 1978 and got a job on one of the flotels in housekeeping. Worked there 6 months til my work permit expired. A remarkable experience. This week, with the Deepwater Horizon tragedy, it seems particularly poignant to be visting Statfjord A.

Added by MH - Iowa on 09 May 2010.
The flotels next to Statfjord is Nordtrym and Polymariner. I believe that the original name on Polymariner was Poly Glomar Driller. several years since they leave from there. I know Loffland brothers had the drilling there in the beginning, and Brown and Root together with Brownaker Offshore had the hook up. There was so many workers on a platform during the hook up and maintenence so the hotels including the living quarters were filled up to max personel, and believe me that is many. Mobil was operator, now Statoil.

Added by Carl Peter Wiig on 27 February 2011.
I was a Platform Manager on Statfjord A Platform during the time final topside construction was finished and drilling began. It was always ten days of twenty five hour days and after getting home to Stavanger I would sleep most of two days.

Rough weather tore off some of the steel work, ladders and walkways etc. running below the platform. Still it was one of the most satisfying jobs that I had during forty odd years of work exploring for, drilling for and producing "black gold".

Added by John Hegwer on 09 August 2012.
Worked on this one for over 18 months back in 1979 best rig ever, better than any rig in the UK even in 2013, only platform I worked on that had Disco`s at the weekend. Taffy Jones, remember you well.

Added by Colin on 07 May 2013.
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