Nonconcrete gravity-based platform refloated successfully

Phillips hopes that the Maureen Alpha platform, shown under tow off Norway, may be used again as an oil production facility (Fig. 1).Click here to enlarge imageLast June, the largest and heaviest nonconcrete structure in the North Sea was refloated and towed to Aker Offshore Partner AS's Stord facility in Norway to await final disposition (Fig. 1). Phillips Petroleum Co. UK Ltd. operated the 110,000-tonne steel, gravity-based Maureen Alpha platform in UK Block 16/29a. Phillips had designed the platform to be refloated, and during its operation life the facility handled more than 200 million bbl produced from the Maureen field between 1983 and 1999."The refloating of Maureen is a not...

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