DRAUGEN PLATFORM TAKES SHAPE FOR INSTALLATION OFF NORWAY

The gravity base for AS Norske Shell's Draugen platform has been towed from Norwegian Contractors' yard at Stavanger, Norway, to a deepwater fjord at Vats for completion of work on the structure. The lower part of the structure under tow had a displacement of 200,000 metric tons and measured 259 ft from the bottom of base to the top of the shaft. Towing speeds ranged from less than 1/2 knot to 2 knots. Norwegian Contractors will resume slipforming the shaft at Vats in February. The

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