NC starts work on Statfjord C GBS
Norwegian Contractors (NC) began work on building the concrete gravity base structure (GBS) for Statfjord C on 10 November 1980, before the contract had officially been signed. The sheet pile retaining wall was re-established to be ready by 1 December, and notifications issued to shipping in the Gands Fjord. NC took the chance of starting up on its own account in order to provide work for personnel it wanted to retain.
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Naming ceremony and an inconvenient rope
The Statfjord development was virtually over in 1984, and this was to be celebrated with the naming of the C platform by Crown Princess Sonja as the proud lady sponsor. Construction of this facility had gone entirely according to plan, without delays, cost overruns or accidents. But the ceremony was dogged with mishaps.