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Platforms in the Gulf of Mexico
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No: 252   Contributor: stock.xchng   Year: 2007   Country: Mexico
Platforms in the Gulf of Mexico

Not sure which complex this is, but there seem to be six platforms, each with flares, and all connected by bridges. The semi-sub looks to be an accommodation platform (flotel).
Picture added on 17 February 2007
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I have worked down in Mexico and these platforms look alot like the Akal platforms.

Added by Kelly Smith on 27 March 2007.
Thanks Kelly, you're correct.

Cantarell Field or Cantarell Complex is the largest oil field in Mexico and one of the largest in the world. It is located 80 km offshore in the Bay of Campeche. This complex comprises four major fields: Akal (by far the largest), Nohoch, Chac and Kutz. The reservoirs are formed from carbonate breccia of Upper Cretaceous age, the rubble from the asteroid impact that created the Chicxulub Crater.

Added by Garve on 28 March 2007.
The complex is AKAL "J"

Added by Jose Lopez on 08 July 2007.
The accommodation barge/construction barge is the Iolair. The sort of set up that you see here is very common in Mexico as the ground is not solid enough to build up the way.

Added by Alan Doran on 23 January 2008.
I was involved in the construction of the IOLAIR. It was termed one of the 1st E.S.V EMERGENCY SUPPORT VESSELS. It was built in SCOTLAND at PORT GLASGOW which once employed 5000 men PLATERS, WELDERS, BURNERS, SPARKS, you name it all sadly lost to the Tory government. The original site is now derelict.

Added by GRANT ELDER on 26 March 2008.
Dived on the Iolair a few years ago before it went overseas, it was not long out of Dry Dock and our suits ended up a Bright shade of pink from the new Antifouling!

Added by SubSea on 02 April 2008.
Sorry my mistake the Semi Sub is not the Iolair, it is in fact the Safe Concordia although the Iolair is in field on the Akal Charlie platforms.

Added by Alan Doran on 10 July 2008.
I work in Mexico this is the Cantarell field not sure which platform.

Added by Paul Allen on 25 January 2009.
Accommodation semi-sub is most definitely the Safe Concordia, before she went to the US GOM (Tahiti) - Concordia now back in Mexico

Added by Prosafe Offshore - wner operato of the Safe Concordia on 03 April 2009.
This picture it's of Akal-J (Julieta) I worked there two years ago. I lived in The Concordia and Hibernia

Added by Daniel Duran on 25 July 2009.
Worked on a few of these in the gulf great place to work, nice boat ride too.

Added by Garry Beech on 13 September 2010.
I'worked in the Gulf in 1979-1980 on the Tolteca, Sea Lion and Orca, construction vessels. I was in charge for the catering and operated from Ciudad del Carmen. Also the LB 200 and DB 100 have been catered for in those years. I found the work most interesting and got a lot of satisfaction from my work.

Added by Henk D. Snelleman MHCIMA on 12 February 2011.
Yes, this is the complex Akal-J. I'm work there for over 3 years, I live at Hibernia, Chemul, and Sara Maria barge, I been working with COCASA, and CCC. The best food and five star hotel there in the Sara Maria barge and Hibernia.

Added by Marcus Roentgen on 28 June 2013.
Correct, I was overthere on Blue Whale / Tolteca. Also with Ixtoc

Added by Dirk Koolhaas. on 13 April 2014.
I was in charge of the Engineering team which traveled with the Iolair from Invergordon to the Gulf of Mexico. We installed a new 3000kw/hr cooling system. I was with Vinga Konstruktion at the time

Added by Kenny McGregor on 12 June 2015.
I worked on the Iolair and saw her launched. I worked for the NC loft , the design office and the QA guys while I was a technical programmer in the computer department. So proud of her and of Scott Lithgow.

Added by Ray Collinson on 05 August 2016.
Am trying to locate Nelson Martinez. I lost contact on internet.

Added by M Knuth on 28 April 2018.
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