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TLP Hook Up/Mate Up 1984
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No: 2644   Contributor: Ray Abbott   Companies: Conoco Philips   Year: 1984   Country: United Kingdom
TLP Hook Up/Mate Up 1984

TLP HOOKUP taken onboard accommodation barge Fortuna Ugland, the hook up/mate up took place in the Moray Firth just off Findhorn. I was one of the few welders on the actual hook up, the mate up part of the job was a massive welding job which needed hundreds of men. I remember prior to the mate up with the leg section we had to travel from Aberdeen up to Inverness by coach then get to the barge holding the deck by launch, this was due to a strike with helicopter pilots. My foreman was a guy called Watty Forrest, an old pipeline welder, a really nice guy. I hear now the TLP has been part scrapped and the leg section is in Scotland. The Fortuna Ugland at the time was new and had a sauna and pool onboard, which compared to the Balder, DB100 etc was a different world, ha.
Picture added on 11 June 2012 at 09:06
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What I heard was the the top section was bought by some Russian firm, for a topside offshore platform in the Prirazlomnoye Oilfield.

Added by Anon on 12 June 2012.
The legs are lying in the Cromarty Firth have been for 3-4 years now - see picture #1709.

Added by Douglas Noble on 18 June 2012.
Furtuna Ugland was transformed into a production platform by PETROBRAS in 1992 and is operating today. It is situated in the "Marlim Field" that belongs to "Campos Basin", which is one of the places where it produces most of Brazil's oil.

Added by André on 21 April 2013.
I was on the TLP approximately 1990 for Wood Group on a shutdown. I was on the night shift. I was sleeping in my bunk when I heard an almighty bang. I fell out of bed as it was listing badly. The OIM said an 84ft freak wave hit us. He looked very worried at the time. He said there was a wave machine on board. It had a sister ship in the Gulf of Mexico if I remember correctly

Added by Dennis Connolly on 28 January 2018.
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