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The Ekofisk Complex
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No: 254   Contributor: Garve Scott-Lodge   Companies: Conoco Philips   Year: 2006   Country: Norway
The Ekofisk Complex

Ekofisk is an oil field in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea, discovered in 1969. Production started in 1971 after the construction of a series of off-shore platforms by Phillips Petroleum.

Courtesy of Phillips Petroleum Company Norway / Kjetil Alsvik
Picture added on 18 February 2007
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What is the position (latitude and longitude) of Ekofisk?

Added by Dave Cox on 22 April 2007.
The picture is very fascinating to me as a Geologist. I developed interest in Philips Petroleum Company due to the fact that i intend to carry out graduate research in the university of Birmingham and my research proposal is titled Reservoir Characterization and two phase flow modelling of fractured reservoirs for optimal production-The Ekofisk Complex, Brent Field and the Niger Delta as case studies. I am a Nigerian with a masters dgree in Petroleum Geology /Sedimentology, i will be grateful if you can link me with the research/technical officers at Phillip Petroleum Company, having these contacts will assist me in my research work.Thanks.

Added by Mr Olajide Oyetunde on 12 September 2007.
Any one got information, pictures etc of the jack up operation that was carried out?

Added by Steve J on 16 November 2007.
I worked on this complex for Brown and Roote in 1976 as pipe fitter - how it's grown. It used to be just a straight line from stack to stack, the flare stack to the left used to be to the right of the large platform, you can just see the base of it in the middle of the bridge.

Added by Tony Easom on 01 November 2008.
The drilling platform was drilling water injection holes on Ekofisk W platform. This platform is now removed due to a ship's collision and is being replaced by a subsea platform.

NB! The name of the operator is ConocoPhillips.

Added by James Carlisle on 22 January 2010.
We must not forget eumech city on the tank.

Added by Carl Peter Wiig on 28 February 2011.
I remember EUMECH City myself, the Brown and Root Town! I worked for them out of Great Yarmouth, did a few boardings from the basket but lived on the Hendrik Hibson commuting by helicopter everyday. Crazy days!

Added by Tony Easom on 01 March 2011.
Yes, it was on the double, every day. It was many people crawling around everywhere. In the coffeebreak, if we were lucky to get one, we sit on the deck, in the gangway, all around, because the coffeebar was not more than a 10 feet container.

And hundreds of foremans, and americansgeneral formans swirring around us all. I remember my self, standing up at 5 in the morning, a fast breakfast, and wait for the shuttle to the complex. We was stby, for almost 2 hours every morning, and we were not back before 10 o clock in the evening, on our hotel platform, at that time was Aalexander Kielland. It was more hours in shuttling than working hours. and it was shuttling all over the Ekofisk area. I count 9 different destinations, flotels, crane barges.

Added by Carl Peter Wiig on 12 March 2011.
Was you on the Alex Kielland Carl? She met a tragic end along with many lives young and old, she was the sister rig to Hendrik Hibson which I was based on at Ekofisk Sad memories.

Added by Tony Easom on 18 March 2011.
I've been out there since 1976 and boy has it changed, even since this photo was taken.
Both flares have gone, S is gone and a new M is there.

Added by James Carlisle on 19 March 2011.
I worked on the pipelines going out to the flares, it was a serene experience with only the sound of the wind and the waves below, not forgetting the crackling of the welding arcs!

Added by Tony Easom on 20 March 2011.
I was on Alexander Kielland for about two years. At that time I was working for Brownaker Offshore as a rigger, crane assistent, and scaffolder. When Brownaker was finish contract, we was on Albuskjell Alpha and Foxtrot for de Groot, Grootcon UKk. A lot of English worker there. Many good memories.

Ekofisk today is another world, nothing reminds me of the good old days. They have take away a lot of platforms, and everything is changed. Today I am retired long time ago, but I am thinking of the pioneer time out in the North sea Every day. I wonder, there was a material man on Cod, I know he was there when I was there in 1986. His name was arlisle.

Added by Carl Peter Wiig on 01 April 2011.
Yes, big tragedy with Kielland. I was off the rig, on my 14 days off, and I lost many of my friends there. Many persons from UK, that was working for Grootcon UK, and many from Haugesund Shipyard HMV. After the disaster we were sent out to Henrik Ibsen, at that time a Tor Platform on Ekofisk. This year it is 30 years since Kielland tilted over. Let's hope it never happens again.

Added by Carl Peter Wiig on 09 April 2011.
Carl Peter, the materialsman on Cod was me.
It means a lot to me that you remembered me.

Best Regards

Added by James Carlisle on 26 April 2011.
Hello James, nice too see you again. I was working for Fjeldstad, on the mainten on Cod. I will like to stay on Cod, but they sent me over to Charlie to run the crane under the jacking.

Added by Carl Peter Wiig on 15 May 2011.
I worked there in the 80's for brown & root on barge 331, those were the days, I sure miss those days

Added by David Tumlin on 16 June 2011.
I remember a lot of different barges all around. They used them very often as accomodation for personal shuttling all around. In the late 70s we stayed on Berge Worker, I think the original name was Sea Troll. We also had Sarita came from Mexico to Ekofisk at that time. OK Dave I try to remember the best I can, many good memories, I do miss that time I was 18 year old in 75 and been a seaman for 3 years, started as a rigger rostabout and had to stop in the beginning of 90s as I am gone in my knees and back, early retired of been a busy man in the pioner times.

Added by Carl Peter Wiig on 26 June 2011.
Barge 331 was a pipe bury barge, also the Gordon, Hercules, and 347 were in the North Sea, does anyone remember these?

Added by David Tumlin on 28 June 2011.
I was a welder on the Ekofisc during the jack up in the 80s. Doing 2 on 3 off / 2 on 4 off. A good job and a great feat of engineering.

Added by John on 24 July 2011.
I remember the working on the 331 in the north sea and also on the Hercules in the Arabian gulf.
The 331 was brilliant. Do you remember "Waldo"?

Added by Alan Guyan on 30 July 2011.
I was a radio operator on the Henrik Ibsen from Feb. 1976 to June 1977. Sent off you guys on the shuttle (S61's) every morning over to Q-platform. My first job offshore and I'm still out there :)
Many Spanish, Mexicans and Portugese besides Americans on the rig then. Later Norwegians.

Added by Geir T Christiansen on 26 January 2012.
I remember Waldo, he was the foreman or superintendent. He was good friends with my parents.

Added by David Tumlin on 05 February 2012.
I remember having to learn the word 'flight' along with what number it was in Spanish, followed by oweste or este depending on which side of the helideck we went up!

This only happened for flights back to the Hibson though.

Happy days £££

Added by Tony Easom on 28 February 2012.
I worked on the Kielland not too long before it turned over. I remember the cinema, a small room crammed with blokes - couldn't get seat so used to stand at the back in front of entry doors which I'm sure opened inward. Wonder if many got trapped in there. Medic I knew from Gt Yarmouth relieved usual medic for leave, he sadly perished.

Added by I Chamberlain on 05 June 2012.
I worked on the Ekofisk during 1974. Working under the good old boys from the US of A. Their sole contribution seem to be shouting " Get fired up !! " and spitting into coffee cups. All the while immobile, bundled up in layers of clothing. The English and Spanish speaking work force managing very well without them. Porta kabin accommodation on the tank was a very hostile environment. Safety was considered a hindrance and quite a few fell into the water between the tank and outer wall. Only later was a net used. The food though was excellent. Arriving and departure was by the exciting crane lift basket onto the ship called I think, the Echotruck. Good old days. Maybe.

Added by Norman Hall on 19 July 2012.
Joe higgins, electrical foreman, and myself, electrician, both from blackpool, uk, worked on the tank I the lateseventies.were out there during the bravo blowout .iflew over one day to the alexander kieland to work on a lifeboat hoist and remember it seemed so heavy on one side, huge supporting girders.tragic.

Added by Colin Macleod on 05 November 2012.
Slept on Alexander Keiland when 27alpha was under construction. Later on the Ekofisk. Worked scared to death for 4.5 years out there, not knowing what was going to happen next.

Added by David L. Steinwinder on 07 November 2012.
I have been out here for 36 years and Ekofisk is completely changed from the photograph above. It will be changed more in the next years.

Added by Jim Carlisle on 13 November 2012.
Does anyone remember Eugene Fink from Sweeny Refinery in Texas? He would love to hear from old friends. This is an incredible photo. I am looking to purchase photo as a gift, but cannot find one.

Added by Eugene G. Fink on 19 December 2012.
Boy it really brings back memories reading about the tank, North Sea Tigers and crazy weather. I mobilized the Tank back in 1976 as a Pipe Foreman working for Eumech and then later Brownaker. I'm from San Antonio Texas. Take care guys,

Added by CorkyCantu on 13 January 2013.
I worked on the 331 in the North Sea & India, anybody remember Stewpot, B&R tower man ? I worked with the diving crews for Taylor.

Added by Charlie Johnson on 22 October 2014.
Worked on the 324, 316, LB Meaders and 279 as a 'survey Hand' in the tower.

Added by Duncan Scorgie on 05 July 2016.
I worked on the 331, HW Gordon, LE Minor, 347 and KP1 all for B+R, Ekofisk, Forties, Persian Gulf, Bombay High and most SE Asia countries 1975-1991. The 'Waldo' mentioned above was Waldo Sherrod, Asst.Supt (331) and this great guy gave me my big chance to work Tower Op, great guy.

Added by Alan Bodell on 31 August 2016.
Charlie, I was also on the 331 North Sea/India and worked Tower Op., 'Stewpot' would be Stewart Proudfoot a great friend and Crane Operator and sadly died 1987 when he had left B+R and started fishing off Scotland, the ship sunk and my great friend was sadly lost at sea. He used to stay with me onshore and we went to Tenerife for a great fun trip just prior, sad loss to whoever knew him.

Added by Alan Bodell on 31 August 2016.
I have many great memories of Ekofisk, I remembered that first boat ride out from Gt. Yarmouth to Ekofisk Tank, when the vessel did arrive, I was told to get on the basket and not get inside, I was hoisted onto the FTP platform.
I was the Medic, I spent a couple of months in the Eumech yard.
I remember working for Tony Robinson, brilliant guy.
They were lots of nice lads.
I also worked on the Hugh Gordon, 279, 323, 324, Meaders.
Great times, great chaps.
I am now running the clock down.
If there is any one out there that remember me, give me a message on this page.

Added by John Furlong on 23 May 2017.
I remember when I was in the Eumech yard, it was my turn to go out to the Alexander Keiland. There was a new Medic who had joined Eumech, he came up to me a few days before I was due to go offshore.He said he would love to go Offshore, and would I mind if I changed places with him. That was his first job offshore, poor chap never came back. The hardest part about it, I was the one who got him a start with Eumech.

John Furlong.

Added by John Furlong on 24 May 2017.
We must have been at Eumech at the same time John. You mention Tony Robinson, worked with him in Rotterdam. He was the best and always did a great job. Luck of the draw in the North sea and fate took a hand that day. In your favour.
I slept on the AK and hated the thing. An avoidable tragedy, as most are , in hindsight. I started with Eumech in 74 . Fist offshore job was on the tank. Food was great but that was about all that could be said of that time. What happened to Tony?

Added by Norman Hall on 25 May 2017.
Alan, Sorry for the long delay in this response. Very sorry to hear about Stewart ( Stewpot ). We had some wild times in Thailand. Sure do miss those days ! Another lifetime ago! Cheers!

Added by Charlie Johnson on 25 May 2017.
As you probably know already Norman, the Tank is no longer in service.
They spent all kinds of money on it trying to keep it from sinking, so they finally decided to abandoned it.
As you can see they changed the whole field around it.
You must have remembered waiting for the supply boat to come alongside the Tank, hoping to get a letter from the family.
You must have also remembered the likes of Randy Davies, Toby Morten, Jim West, Joe Funk.
Not sure what ever happened to Tony Robbinson.
The food was super great -them T-bone steak, the size of dust bin lids.

Added by John Furlong on 26 May 2017.
Tony Robinson lives in Gt Yarmouth. You can find him on Facebook.

Added by on 31 May 2017.
Hi John, Did not know about the tank. I have long left the N Sea etc., Can well remember the first time arriving by boat at night and looking at the size of the monster. Watching that basket being lowered down onto the moving deck and thinking " What have I got myself into !". Could not see why the bags went into the centre of the basket and us humans had to hang on the outside. The food on the tank was great, the rest not so. I worked in the NDT section, the dark room container was a great asset as we could lock ourselves in for much needed naps. Anybody came knocking we just shouted " Loading film" or such. I remember all of those Yanks. Not with much affection I am afraid. Found them rather lacking. They relied so heavily on the work force to carry on with very little input .Except for inevitable cry of " Get fired up !!" All in all good memories though, met lots of good people.

Added by Norman on 31 May 2017.
Hi Alan,

I see you have worked on the L.E. Minor, do you remember the chickens that was on their. Wouldn't see that now.

Added by John Furlong on 01 July 2017.
Who remembers Red Mundy, Jimmy Ewing, Tony Jack, Mike Hinds - all Barge 316?

Added by Duncan Scorgie on 06 August 2017.
Does anybody remember a chap called John Naylor. Came from Liverpool worked out of Gt Yarmouth with me on Eldfisk.
27/A and on the Forties field on Forties alpha working constructing the accommodation. We did all the link ups and fitting out of the units. Great days!!!!!

Added by Ivan Chamberlain on 22 August 2017.
14th September 1974 packed an Army and Navy kit bag with duffle coats, heavy socks and fishermans gear and took car journey to Gt Yarmouth.Boarded a supply boat at Phillips Pet Co yard and endured a 24-hr journey to Ekofisk. This was the start of a 43-years stint in the subsea construction business. Supply boat drew alongside Brown and Root Barge 297 and we were hoisted onboard clinging to the outside of a transfer basket. I was then to spend many years at the Ekofisk complex from 1974 to 1978 working on Barge 297, Barge 279 and Hugh Gordon. Job was Field Engineer supervising installation of mechanical connectors ( hydrocouples ) provided by Hydrotech of Houston to PPCo. B&R with Taylor Diving did the subsea installation on the myriad of subsea pipelines that had been installed. Biggest was the 34-inch oil line to Teesside. Life onboard the barges was a bit grim, food was great, no entertainment, newspapers all at least 2-days old, letters every week and we were doing 6-week stints. Barge controlled by the good old boys from US of A who I found great and learnt a lot from, deck crew mainly Spaniards who were also great. Last stint at the Ekofisk complex onboraded the B&R barges was about was about 1979. Then came the Diving Support vessels Arctic Surveyor and Arctic Seal. Thse proved very efficient at the underwater tasks and took over completely , the barges work having being done. Too long ago to remember names but I can say in all honesty there were not that many tossers. Would I do it again........yes.

Added by Mike Rowe on 25 November 2017.
I also did that same trip from Great Yarmouth in '76. My first trip offshore working for Brown snd Roote.(Root and Skute lol). Riding the basket from the supply ship up to the top of the Ekofisk Tank waz an amazing experience.

Added by on 28 November 2017.
Hi John, in response to your 'chickens on the 207' and yeah ha ha, Billy Taylor and Bobby Kelly, god almighty they were great days, hard work but great days.

Added by Alan Bodell. on 28 November 2017.
Mua hàng Amazon

Added by Lauri on 17 March 2018.
Dived for Ocean Systems in 75 from the Imkemturm installing 1T anodes. First dive to bottom surface gas with "Special Dispensation" using PDM and Unisuit. Good introduction. Slept/fed first on "Q", then on Micoperi Barge and later the Taylor 297 Barge. Next year working from the Perfomer with a bell bounce system. Tank had delicious fillet steaks and ice cold canned Coke. When on standby, water skied if not WOW. Used skies found left abandoned on Three X dive boat alongside in Tananger. Some crazy diving, good times, great crew.

Added by S Gordon on 27 April 2018.
I remember John furlong in the Eumech yard and also on the tank at Ekofisk in the early days. I did one trip in June 1974 and another in November 1974. Living in portacabins on the tank. From what I can remember I was on the top of a 3 tier bunk during one trip and doing 18hr shifts as I was expected to do the radiography after day shift finished. Norman Hall I can remember, haven't seen for some years now. I vaguely remember you had to clock in at the start of every shift and were docked time if you were late. Good times but hard and no real comfort like today, finally retired from the Oil and Gas industry in Dec 2015. Great memories never to be forgotten.

Added by John Norfolk on 25 July 2018.
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