TUJobs lists oil workers’ favourite platforms on Norwegian shelf

TUJobs lists oil workers' favourite platforms on Norwegian shelfTUJobs has recently listed the favourite platforms on Norwegian shelf according to a survey by oil workers.

On the list are 92 installations, both platforms, rigs, and floating production ships (FPSOVs) that operate in Norwegian waters. These have been ranged in six categories: Technical conditions; Social environment; Food; Leisure facilities; Leadership; Housing conditions.

Teknisk Ukeblad asked its readers what platform they consider the best they’ve worked at. Here are the results:

1. Heidrun platform, operated by Statoil

The platform scores consistently good in all six categories of the survey, and is thus a clear winner.

– A good work environment and a good collaboration between different companies. I have worked on different platforms since 1966 and think I have a good basis to consider this. Heidrun is clearly number one.

The Heidrun field is located about 175 km off the coast of Middle Norway in the Norwegian Sea, and was discovered in 1985 by ConocoPhillips, that was the operator of the search and development stage. Production began in 1995.

 2. Oseberg A, operated by Statoil

The Oseberg A platform scored well in five out of six categories, but badly in technical condition.

– Newly renovated, good food. A gym. New cabins. Different from many of the older installations in the North Sea. All of this contributes to a very good social environment that makes it more enjoyable to go to work. And much nicer in the evenings after work. Not in the best technical condition, but all in all my favorite.

Oseberg A is a concrete platform with process equipment and living quarters. It is in total 139 meters high, has 319 cabins and a production capacity of 240 000 barrels a day.

3. Gullfaks A, operated by Statoil

Gullfaks A scored very good in four of the categories: social environment, food, leisure facilities, and leadership. It scored a bit less on housing conditions and worst in technical condition.

– After ten nice years – from 1986 until 1996 – in Gullfaks A, from the very start, we had an incredibly good social environment aboard! Keep in mind that this is the first fully Norwegian platform and it managed its tasks brilliantly. It wasn’t all easy at that time. Horrible oil prices and a gas price below zero. With everybody’s contribution in Gullfaks A, and with better times concerning price, everything changed.

Gullfaks was the first large field that Statoil would develop on its own. It was initially a fully Norwegian development where the working language for the first time was Norwegian and the equipment came from Norwegian suppliers.

4. Sleipner A, operated by Statoil

Sleipner A scored on average really well on social environment, food and leisure facilities, and a bit lower on leadership. Of the six categories it scored the lowest on housing facilities and technical conditions.

Many are likely to connect Sleipner with a fatal August day in 1991. Several flaws in the construction lead to the entire concrete hull sinking to 200 meters depth in the Gandsfjord in Rogaland when the newly built deck and concrete hull was to be connected. No fatalities were caused by the accident, but the platform was worth 1.8 billion kroner.

5. Visund A, operated by Statoil

The survey shows that the employees most of all appreciate the food, the social environment, and the leisure facilities on the Visund A platform. The platform scored marginally less on leadership and housing facilities, and the least on technical condition.

Visund is an oil and gas field located 22 km northeast of the Gullfaks field in the Tampen area, and 40 km west of Florø. Production started in the spring of 1999 and the oil goes in pipelines to Gullfaks for storage and export. The gas export to the continent began in 2005.

6. Draugen, operated by Shell

The Draugen platform generally scored quite well in five out of six categories in the survey, with exception of technical condition – where it scored marginally less.

It was discovered in 1984 and according to operator Shell, many geologists were surprised to find oil layers here. Oil from the Haltenbank area had migrated east and here, something that makes Draugen a bit shallow than other reservoirs in the areas.

7. Transocean Winner, owned by Transocean

In the seventh place was Transocean Winner, a moveable oil rig that at the moment is commissioned by Marathon Oil in the Alvheim field.

The rig fits 108 people and many of those who work there are apparently very happy about it. The rig scores well in four of six categories, with the exception of technical condition and food.

The rig can operate at a maximal depth of 457 meters and has a maximal drilling depth of 7620 meters. It has four diesel engines of the brand NOHAB that together provide 11424 horsepower. The highest speed it can move in is 6.5 knots.

8. Ekofisk L, operated by ConocoPhillips

The survey showed that the housing platform that was officially opened in April this year is popular amongst the employees of Ekofisk L.

It has the best ratings for technical condition, scores quite well on leadership and living conditions and well within food, leisure facilities and social environment.

One employee writes:

– Amazingly easy to get familiar with the facilities as the whole platform is well planned before and during building. I have never got accustomed to the placement of things as fast, and that in an installation that house 550 people in single person cabins.

9. Leiv Eiriksson, owned by Ocean Rig

The Leiv Eiriksson rig scored quite well in five of six categories, but average on technical condition. Many highlight the social environment and some praise the food.

Leiv Eiriksson is a moveable drilling rig that in November this year began the drilling of the search well Atlas in the license PL 420 for operator RWE Dea Norway. The license includes the Titan find and lies between the Gjøa field and the Skarfjell find in the North Sea.

The rig was built by Friede Goldman Offshore in the US and was completed in 2001. It is 119.3 meters long, 85.5 meters wide and has more horsepower in store than the other drilling rig of this top ten list.

10. Gullfaks B, operated by Statoil

The last place of the top ten goes to Gullfaks B. In the survey, a lot of the participants point out that housing conditions, food, social environment, and leisure facilities are good. Leadership scores less, while the platform scores the least in the category of technical condition.

Here are some of the comments:

– “Gullfaks B is by far the best platform to work on. Great cabins with TV and PC. 4-5 living rooms that can be used when needed. The food is just great with 3-4 dishes of the best quality available for dinner. Frequent seminars and gatherings that provide an amazingly good social environment. Many activities aboard,” says a processing technician.

– “It has a large gym, biggest in the North Sea? The platform itself is not so big, so there are short distances from A to Z,” another says.

Gullfaks B was set in production in 1988 and has a production capacity of 150,000 barrels a day. The whole construction is 209 meters high and weighs 198,000 tonnes. It is the smallest of the three platforms of the Gullfaks field with its 160 beds.