CONOCO TO TEST ESCAPE SYSTEM ON PLATFORM IN U.K. NORTH SEA

Conoco (U.K.) Ltd. has ordered a prototype emergency escape system for its North Valiant 1 gas production platform in the North Sea. It will be installed in 3 months, ready for trials. The SJL-Stairway, developed by Sir James Laing & Sons Ltd. (SJL), Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, is a collapsible series of stairs and landings held in place by four guide wires that pass through each landing to a 3 ton tensioning weight. The stairway is stowed in a housing fixed to the platform.

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