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Construction of Mossel Bay FA platform - 1991
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No: 83   Contributor: Garve Scott-Lodge   Year: 1991   Country: South Africa
Construction of Mossel Bay FA platform - 1991

This picture shows one of the modules being placed on the MSF by a crane on the Micoperi 7000. Behind the platform is the South Seas Driller (I think) which was being used as accommodation during the contstruction phase.

A view of the Micoperi 7000 crane barge with the module it is lifting on it's cargo deck can be seen in picture #81, and picture #216 shows a similar view to this at a later stage.
Picture added on 30 October 2006
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It's such a beautiful picture and my dream to work on one of the oil rigs.

Added by Philip Jordaan on 12 July 2007.
The rig in the background was the 'Actinia' a semi-sub drilling rig converted temporarily (in a yard in CapeTown) for the duration of the project to an accommodation platform and moored alongside. Interestingly, the gangway came off the Sun Oil 'AH01' after it was converted at Invergordon.

Added by Alf Robertson on 21 October 2008.
Hi,
The vessel used for accommodation during the FA construction was the Actinia. I lived on it for the duration of the project. At the time it was one of three semi-subs owned by SOEKOR. At completion of the FA contruction the Actinia was sold to an Australian outfit.

Added by Bertus Barnard on 21 October 2008.
I would like to know the meaning of FA from the name FA Plaform.

Added by Esther on 11 August 2010.
Nothing exciting I'm afraid - most drilling regions are divided into blocks, and I think in this case F and A are co-ordinates. Technically the platform is the F-A, and there's another gas field nearby called E-M.

Added by Garve Scott-Lodge on 11 August 2010.
The Actinia was bought by the Transocean group. February 1993 she was involved in a blowout off the Vietnamese coast.

Added by M on 02 July 2012.
Micoperi arrived in Port Elizabeth to pick up the piles and 4 process modules and flare boom when it suffered a one month or so delay when the American cranes sheering wheels suffered a mishap. I was part of the Babcock Press OS team that built the modules in PE and enjoyed a visit top side on Micoperi 7000. Interesting that she has 500 ton platform cranes to lift slings etc into place.Have some pics somewhere will dig them out and post.

Added by Grant McGillan on 22 May 2014.
I participated in the fabrication of the modules at the Port Elizabeth harbour in the year of 1989 to 1990.

Added by Vitor Guerreiro on 23 December 2015.
I remember this so well. I am still on the FA after 27 years . sadly gas is running out/

Added by Mel Irvine on 11 May 2017.
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