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Conoco TLP

The Conoco TLP was the first Tension Leg Platform built. In the early 1980s the 20,000 ton hull was built in the graving dock at Nigg, and the 25,000 ton deck built on skids at Ardersier. They were mated up off Findhorn in the Moray Firth and produced oil from the Hutton field from 1984 to 2002.

Purchased by Gazprom, she was taken to Murmansk where the topsides and hull were separated: the topsides for use in the arctic Prirazlomnoe field; the hull supposedly sold to a Mexican company. However the tow from Murmansk to Mexico stopped at the Cromarty Firth, and the hull has been sitting a few miles from where it was built for a year now.
Jacket at Ardersier - c1983 I think this was a Marathon jacket for the Brae field. The picture was taken from the TLP deck which...
Lampson crane by the TLP deck - c1983 Ardersier had two huge Lampson cranes if I remember correctly. I think they could lift 1500 tonnes e...
Conoco TLP The TLP before loadout.
Conoco TLP Another pic of the TLP in the dock.
Conoco TLP Nearing completion of the platform.
Conoco TLP One of the nodes for the platform being lifted on by the lampson.
Conoco TLP Start of the fabrication of the bootom nodes.
Conoco TLP Loadout from Nigg.
Conoco TLP Sailing out the firth to be mated up with the deck in the Moray firth.
Nigg Yard The TLP from the soutors.
Conoco TLP The main nodes being transported from Japan. Many electrical components were seemingly stashed away ...
TLP TLP nodes being fabeicated in shop 3.

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