Offshore Northern Europe Last North Sea Giant Platforms Top Northwest Europe's Action

David Knott Senior Editor This year some of the largest oil and gas production platforms ever built have been towed out from construction yards and installed in North Sea fields. They can be viewed as the last projects from an age of splendor in North Sea offshore engineering. In their wake, several major developments have been lined up on both sides of the North Sea. These later designs are more prosaic, showing that the age of cost efficiency is here to stay. Increasingly, new development plans depend on use of existing infrastructure or on new designs and working practices to keep development costs low. This is a symptom of maturity of the North Sea as an oil and gas provinc...

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