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Scotland's Rig Yards
No: 219   Contributor: Walter Macdonald   Year: 1988   Manufacturer: Ardersier
Ardersier yard

Jackets I think were for Conoco, the Deck Assembly building on the right.
Picture added on 14 November 2011 at 09:42
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Memory here. These Jackets were being built in an English Yard that went down the pan for some reason.
There was some controversy at the time as partially fabricated sections were transferred to Ardersier.
I can't remember what field -"V" Field ?

Added by George Paton on 04 August 2012.
The job was the Conoco V Field and the jackets were being built in Wallsend by Howard Doris who had opened a yard there. John Howard the Howard part of Howard Doris went into Liquidation and the jackets were shipped to Ardersier for completion. Total took over the Kishorn yard to complete a couple of Alwyn field modules being built there. The year was 1987/88

Added by Derek on 17 August 2012.
Jackets are for the Danbor field in the dutch sector. There were five in total and all came up in a boat as just tubulars, 600 to 800 tons each.

Added by Billy Kay on 16 May 2015.
I am inclined to doubt that Billy !! Anyone of the Danish Jackets I worked on were un-painted, and the story above about these in the photo rings true !

Added by George Paton on 20 May 2015.
The Danbor jackets were built over by " Bay 9 " which eventually became the Rigging store and not by the Quayside like these jackets.

Added by Dave Gordon. on 23 June 2015.
Dave, you are spot on there, the Danbor jackets were built there and we upended them there with the two lampsons. I concede the jackets in the photo are not the Danbor ones and indeed could be a Conoco 8 piler, but this contract did not come from Howard Doris and when I have time I will mail photo of Danbor jacket with undercoat on to dispell georges claim that they were not painted. The photo in question Dave shows the jacket/jackets on a barge in the harbour. In the background is the barge with the Brae "B" piles and temporary pile guides

Added by Billy Kay on 30 June 2015.
I too, have photos of the Dunbar Jackets painted prior to load out. ....sarcasm aside....I think that when you are actually fully hands on on a job ( cutting braces...fitting grout lines....butting risers and J tubes gives perhaps a more lasting impression of a job......especially when so many of these jobs were done in the pishing rain in the day before proper wet gear and wet working conditions !

Added by George Paton on 02 July 2015.
The contract was not with Howard Doris as they had gone bust it was direct with Conoco who moved the steelwork out of the HD Wallsend yard and shipped it to Ardersier for completion. I was working at HD Kishorn yard on the Total modules when they went bust

Added by Derek on 14 July 2015.
Billy Kay...Did you get the e mail and photos I sent you ?

Added by George Paton on 15 July 2015.
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