Clipping Statoil’s wings and the Statfjord effectStatfjord C loading buoy

Statfjord C mated in the Yrkesfjord

person by Trude Meland, Norwegian Petroleum Museum
The huge steel topside for Statfjord C was to be mated with the 176-metre-tall concrete gravity base structure (GBS) at Vats on the deep Yrkje Fjord north of Stavanger.
— The Statfjord C topside was mated with the GBS in Vats in February 1984. Photo: Mobil Exploration Norway Inc./Norwegian Petroleum Museum
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This involved a three-stage operation, simple in principle but calling for extreme precision, which relied on Archimedes’ principle for the behaviour of buoyant bodies in a fluid.

Ballast water was pumped into the GBS until only its top five metres showed above the sea surface. Three barges carrying the topside were then towed between the concrete shafts until the two structures occupied the correct relative positions.

Bygging, utslep og oppstart,
Here the topside is lowered down on the GBS. Photo: Mobil Exploration Norway Inc./Norwegian Petroleum Museum

The next step was to pump ballast water out of the GBS so that it slowly rose and began to lift the 42 000-tonne topside off the barges. Over the next few days, more than 100 massive bolts were threaded through the base of the topside and into the GBS so that the two sections were securely connected. Once that job was completed, work began to hook up complex equipment in the topside and the GBS until June, when the platform was ready to be towed out and positioned at the northernmost end of the field.

o learn more, see: Building Statfjord C .

Sources:
Stavanger Aftenblad, 21 January 1984. “C er i siget”.
Steen, Øyvind. På dypt vann Norwegian Contractors 1973-1993. Oslo 1993, p 46.
Aftenposten , 9 February 1984. “Glatt montering på Statfjord C”.
Aftenposten, 10 February 1984. “Kjempeløft uten kran”.

Clipping Statoil’s wings and the Statfjord effectStatfjord C loading buoy
Published December 10, 2019   •   Updated March 25, 2020
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