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Conoco TLP Deck Floatout - 1983
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No: 84   Contributor: Garve Scott-Lodge   Companies: Conoco Philips   Year: 1983   Country: United Kingdom
Conoco TLP Deck Floatout - 1983

The deck of the Conoco Hutton Tension Leg Platform was built at Ardersier, in the north of Scotland. The hull was built a few miles away at Nigg.
Picture added on 30 October 2006
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Also worked in both yards on this and the hook up a few miles of Aberdeen

Added by Charlie McCormick on 20 May 2007.
I worked on the hull at Nigg for about six months.

Added by Edward Kenneth Mcathey on 30 June 2007.
I worked in Nigg from 1972 to 1992 fabrication and plate shop supervisor. Also worked Ardersier 1965 to 2000, responsible for the cutting of the plate for the columns etc then moved down to dock to work the columns - Peter Mackay was superintendant, Bob Dingwall, Nigel Campbell general foreman Alan /? was in charge, Eddie Stainkie, Bobby Thow, Eric Kelman, Davie Steel, Marshal Skelly, Davie Shearer - my memory is bad now.

Added by Tom Macallister on 07 July 2007.
My Father John Dingwall - Engineer worked on that Platform at Ardersier, Tom did you work on the Terra Nova Project/Captain Manifold at Ardersier 1999/2000? My Father was there up until 2000 then moved to Nigg and worked for KBR Caledonia.

Added by Duncan Dingwall on 24 December 2007.
I have stood on the narrow spit of land between the moray firth and McDermot's yard and watched jackets and platform float-out, my father was a welder at the yard for 20 odd years, i have lots of intersesting photos of stuctures and workers. What a shame it shut.

Added by Ewan McDonough on 14 September 2009.
I worked on this TLP in 1984 during hook up. My first offshore job! 26 years later I have survived this indusrty in HSE. Bit of an omen really considering I was run off the TLP for raising a safety issue. Times have changed.

Added by Andrew on 10 February 2010.
I was the Senior Welding Inspector on the TLP and signed the release note that allowewd the rig to leave the quayside at Arderseir. It was a brilliant job to work on, hard going at times but it paid the rent for a couple of years.

Added by Bert Scorgie on 09 June 2010.
My uncles were at Ardersier in the 70's - they had a company called Weldex I think. Some time after that the crane company Weldex was formed but there was no connection.

Added by Billy Reid on 20 October 2011.
I was one of the very few welders working on the actual hook-up of the TLP which was just off Findhorn in the Moray Firth. I think there must of been 10 welders back to back compared to hundreds of welders employed on the mate up, my foreman on the job was a guy called Watty Forrest, a really nice guy. I have a few more photos of the TLP and the Beatrice B hook-up which I will try and find.

Added by Ray Abbott on 03 November 2011.
In my intial comment I mistakenly put down 1965 to 2000 it was 1995 to 2001.I was sent (DOWN THE HOLE ) the dock, for those who can remember we supervisors were on 12 hours the men were on three 8 hour shifts this lasted for nearly a year
It was most intense.I shall never forget one night I was up besise column 2 in a basket with a fabricator my namesake--the wind got up we were spinning we had air lines and gas oxy hoses we could not throw them out incase the hit anyone so we were running in opposite direction to spin as crane op could not take us down too dangerous, we were both throwing up---eventually getting tired we HAD to ditch the gear that was an hour elapsed, it was over two hours before we got to the , ground.
there was funny times , once Peter Macay bob dingwall Mashal Skelly Nicky Vass myaelf and Nigel were on DINNER BREAK watch we stood between
the canteen and workforce , IMAGINE it is it is coming up to 5 minutes to the hour the workforce standing Us GUYS ON A STANDOFF---THERE was a few hundred hungry bears I WILL NEVER forget Nicky and I ex seaforth highlanders waited until hooter blew , the bears stampeded towards us Nic and I dived behind tubular the other supervisors also took evasive action-----BUT PETER and Bob got trampled aye sometimes it was hard not to laugh--, that was the T L P,
I had a good five and a half years at Ardersier and found the people good,

Added by Tom Macallister on 21 May 2012.
It was great to see my dads name Nicky Vass on this page. Sadly no longer with us, he was a great man and some character with a few stories to tell about his time at Hi Fab

Added by Nicola Vass on 12 October 2012.
I was the first fabrication supervisor to start work on this project, laying out the module decks in the Deck Assembly building, and I must have been one of the last to leave it on the morning she sailed.

I worked the nightshift with a team of guys clearing all the last of the equipment from to decks and walkways. I went home for breakfast and came back down to the spit with two of the platers that worked with me, Andy Paton & Sammy Forsyth, to film the sail-away. If you look at the lower right of the picture you will see me standing at the waters edge with my video camera.

Good old times, & good to see your name here Bert, and I also worked closely with John Dingwall and Ian Sneddon the engineers, also John MacKay "The Norseman", sadly not with us anymore.

Added by John Gordon on 10 November 2012.
Hi John good to see a kent name not many of us still around and a few guys not keeping very well. been retired for 12.5 years now and enjoying every minute cheers mate.

Added by Bert Scorgie on 12 November 2012.
It is hard to believe that it was all that long ago. I worked at Hi-Fab from 1972 until 1979 through the BP Forties, Chevron Ninian, and other smaller platform jackets. In 1979 "Big" Walter Allison, Mike Joyce, and myself went to work for Brown and Root in Bahrain and we stayed there just over on year. That started the traveling because I wet from there to Indonesia to work for McDermott for 2 years. After that I was back at Nigg for the building of the Hutton TLP. So many good, and not-so-good memories. It was a great time though. Looking at some other posts and seeing all of the names, I can still see them in my mind like it was yesterday. After Nigg I took to the road again and worked in Norway and the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and have now been living in Louisiana USA for 26 years. I work for a major oil company and coordinate mechanical integrity inspection of 7 (soon to be 8) TLPs in the Gulf of Mexico. I look at my working for Highlands Fabricators as having been a great start to a satisfying career in the Oil and Gas industry. I still remember and think about the people I knew back then. John Ferguson, John Duguno, Tommy McAlister, Tommy Morton, Ed Stanke, Tony Horton, and many more. It would be great to hear form anyone who would like to communicate.

Added by David Ryan on 31 July 2014.
Anyone remember the armed robbery on payday?

Added by Tony Sherwood on 07 December 2014.
Hi Guys I would like to further expand on the fate of the TLP. Afetr it completed the stint on the N.W. Hutton it, it eventually landed in Russian hand, s and the Top Sides is till being used they are part of the huge rig built by the Russians the one Green Peace caused all the hassl;e about earlier this year. A Russian Company made a documenrty about the incident, I was invited to take part and I have a copy unfortunatly I am speaking Russian so not sure what I am saying. The hull section is lying in the Cromarty Firth

Added by Bert Scorgie on 14 December 2014.
Just spent an enjoyable couple of hours at an exhibition in the Inverness Archive Centre about Mc Dermotts. I was there for 20 years 1973 till 1993. Was a welder , a shop steward , a Leaderman and finally a Supervisor. Was a Foreman at the start of the TLP topside fabrication. Worked on process piping welding side of things with many wonderful people. Ian McKay (Mumps) Albert Phillips (humph) willie Wood. (Wooders) from Balintore. Myles McLennan. George Meldrum. Micky Burns (Forres) Phil Enfield ( Subby welder) Les Miller (lester) Ian Mclean (Forres. And literally hundreds of others. It was a good job which I enjoyed immensely

Added by Billy Lowrie on 10 July 2015.
Hi Billy good to see you are still on the go.

Added by Bert Scorgie on 16 July 2015.
I am led to believe this work of art was later split into two and one part now forms a drilling rig in Russia ( the one that Greenleace had issues with last year) and the legs ended up supporting a deck for launching Kazakh rockets into space. Fond memories of my first offshore job.....all that engineering and yet all the drains onboard were all uphill. Hours of manpower pushing water uphill...the industry has not changed.

Added by Andrew on 22 July 2015.
I Worked On The TLP As A Plater, From Start To Finish, Great Job.then went to work on the BP forties field

Added by Graham Broadley on 26 July 2015.
My dad peter mackay (sadly no longer with us) used to have great stories from nigg and remember many weekends spent there and the celebration parties when the rigg went out. Few names I remember are bob dingwall, john mcdermaid, the twins, of course evan mackay my brother worked there as well

Added by Cathy Macleod on 22 May 2016.
The Hutton TLP was my first offshore job out of my aprentship. Started prior to the mate up sitting on a barge just off of Ardersier prior to heading to Findhorn bay for the mate up. Brings back fond memories.

Added by Kevin Garden on 24 June 2018.
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