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Mossgas FA installation 1990/91
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No: 216   Contributor: Garve Scott-Lodge   Companies: Saipem   Year: 1991   Country: South Africa
Mossgas FA installation 1990/91

This picture, taken from the Micoperi (Saipem) 7000, shows the FA jacket and module support frame in position, before installation of the accommodation and drilling modules etc. Behind the platform is the South Seas Driller which was being used as an accommodation barge or 'flotel'.

Sticking out of the top of the MSF are 9 of the eventually around 20 conductors. At this point they were being moved around by the swell, and gently banging together like tubular bells. Once the crane barge had put all of them in place, it used a pile driver to start 'tapping them down'.

The geology under the platform consisted of about 10 metres of hard rock, then around 80m of soft clay before hitting hard rock again. The piledriver would tap a conductor about 120 times before it would reach the clay, at which point it would just freefall down for the next 80 metres - a very impressive site.

A later stage of construction can be seen in picture #83.
Picture added on 06 December 2006
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Oh, I remember it well! We built the jacket in Saldanha bay, one of the best jobs I have had, and such a beautiful country.

Added by Billy Winton on 01 March 2007.
Good to see a part of the project I missed as my contract ended on the completion of the Jacket at Saldanha Bay. Pleasant memories.

Added by Gordon Smith. on 31 December 2007.
Worked on this project as a welding supervisor from start to finish at Saldanha Bay - a great experience - never forget it, a great tribute to all involved.

Added by Dave Fairley on 02 February 2010.
Good to see the rig again, I redesigned the hydraulic / pneumatic control system for both cranes, and was sent over to SA as project engineer by Offshore Crane Engineering.

Added by Bernard Clark on 30 July 2010.
I worked on this job too ... definitely one of the best experiences of my working life. The other guys I worked with on night shift.
Jim Flynn, John O'Donnell(RIP), Davy Noseworthy, John McBeth, John Murie, Wullie Hope, Tam Duff, Jimmy Gillan, Podge Hume(?) And loads of others.
Anybody have contact addy's for any of these guys it would be much appreciated!

Added by Frankie Devlin on 10 November 2010.
I worked on this project as a dimensional control surveyor. A great project and made many new friends. Would love to hear from any one who worked at Saldahna Bay.

Added by Mike Caffery on 02 January 2011.
I was planning Manager on the jacket project at Saldahna Bay, having first of all been at the node and tubular fabrication subcontractor (Dorbyl Heavy Eng) up in the Transvaal for about 6 months. A great job, in a fantastic country and with some really special people. I see Gordon occasionally at Clems and I met Podge Hume last week at the Leven Thistle. Sorry I don't have an address for him. Mick where are you hiding now? Maddog Martin was over visiting SA just last year.

Added by Malcolm Snedden on 16 February 2011.
Hi. Louis Williams here from Saldanha Bay. I started my welding career on the FA Jacket in 1989 with Wully Lawley and Willy Cooldridge on night shift on the sub-arc. Like to hear from any of you.

Added by Louis Williams on 24 December 2011.
Working on the jacket was a huge learning curve for me. Met some great guys: Norrie Bell, Dave Fairley, Kenny Puddifoot (still mates since the project ended) Mike Caffery, Piet Pretorious, John Murie, Podge Hume, Neels van Wyk, Wayne Bake......




Added by Martin Hansby on 26 January 2012.
Great to hear from you Martin after all these years hope you are all well. I am now retired and loving it, plenty of golf ha ha. Do you still have that jacket I gave you? All the best for the future.

Added by David Fairley on 05 April 2012.
The best project that I've ever built. I was responsible for units 27/54 between 1990 and 1992.

Added by Vitor Guerreiro on 23 October 2012.
Hi Louis give my regards to all in Saldahna Bay - never forgot you all, yur auld gaffer, Davy Fairley.

Added by David Fairley on 15 November 2012.
I am proud to have built the crane pedestal with its conical base at John Thompson Engineering in Bellville South Africa. I was part of a two-man team that were the artisans to build it. Stanley (now teaching computers)

Added by Stanley on 20 August 2013.
Our Company took 12000 slides of the complete project including the launch of the different modules. Great time wae spent on the Micoperi,

Added by Andy Haigh-Smith (REACT ) on 16 September 2013.
Hey I am urben smith starting my wonderfull welding career under dave fearley as a young guy in saldanha I wish that I can meet you again added on 20 october 2013

Added by Urben smith on 20 October 2013.
Just noticed your comment Urben, remember you well. Hope u r doing well. Thought of u a lot. Never forget my time in Saldanha Bay.

Added by David fairley on 28 February 2015.
Great to see names like Dave Fairly and Malcolm Snedden. I also worked at Saldana Bay on the Jacket construction. It was the best job ever and also the best country That I have worked in, also great people with wonderful memories

Added by Mil on 06 September 2015.
Wow - a real blast from the past...

I was one of the South Africans seconded to the Jacket Project in Saldanha.....I worked with Jim Rutherford (the RGC Construction Engineer)...the Scots taught me how to build jackets and drink Whisky....A lot of the names are very familiar - I lived in Vredenburg near Gordon Smith (a rigger of distinction)

Added by Ian Ruinaard on 24 February 2016.
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