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Elf Elgin Platform float-out
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No: 77   Contributor: Bill Wren   Year: 2000   Country: United Kingdom
Elf Elgin Platform float-out

The last big platform constructed at Nigg in the north of Scotland, the 'Elgin' jack-up platform for ELF left the yard on the 2nd July 2000.

You can see another view of the tow-out in picture #188, and picture #187 shows her in position in the Elgin field.
Picture added on 27 October 2006
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hello this brings back memories for me as i worked on this rig at nigg right up to the end before it was taken out .thanks for showing me this picci of this monster of a rig.

Added by Arthur Burr (iman) on 07 March 2008.
I spent 16 month working on that pressure testing pipe work. Also did some trips offshore to finish the job.

Added by Paul on 28 April 2008.
Was on the build of this Monster from Ardersier to Nigg-Bay what a Monster - got lost on it to Many times....

Added by BiG AL. (AA85) on 09 January 2009.
All I can say is that being stuck up the top off the legs cured my fear of heights .

Added by Keith Niven on 15 May 2010.
I was Project Mechanical Engineer on this baby; aided and abetted by Hoodie the Section Manager Mechanical. It was a big job not helped by Elf who were designing as we were building it.

We developed a computerised Preservation and Maintenance programme with the IT guys, and KBR adopted this as a corporate document.

The jack-up mechanism was tested in the dock using portable power gennies that were outside my cabin.
I am retired now, but the Elf Elgin was my last big job.

I see Nigg may reopen to construct renewable energy devices - maybe I will come out of reirement for this!
all the best to the mechanical fitters who did an excellent job headed by Hoodie.

Added by Willie Scott on 23 April 2011.
I worked as a planning engineer on this jack-up for two years before going offshore with it as the commissioning planner. The thing that sticks in my mind was when they first came to tow it out, they found that the rig clashed with the bottom of the gates by, if I remember correctly, 25mm. So a young engineer came up with the idea of slinging polystyrene blocks to the underside of the hull, which they duly did, about eighteen tons of it. Low and behold, it worked, the tow-out was successful, incredible!!

Added by Jeff Pearce on 27 March 2012.
Hello there Willie Scott. How are you pal. I've been on a few since the Elf Elgin and see today they have a well control problem that doesn't look too good. I'm in Trinidad at the moment with WoodgroupPSN and Hoodie is in Aberdeen.

Added by Ramsay Bain on 28 March 2012.
Worked on the Elf Elgin at Nigg then when it floated out I went to Norway to join the Polyconcord flotel. Spent a year on the hookup, great job!

Added by Jerry Strang on 17 November 2015.
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