ONEGas Barge Campaign North Sea
|Description||ONEGas Barge Campaign|
|Challenge||Complex scaffolding, installation at waterline level and coordinated planning with 24-hour services.|
BRAND supported the Barge Campaign project in 2012. This extensive job included the major maintenance on 36 manned and unmanned offshore platforms in the Dutch and English regions of the North Sea. The client ONEGas is a partnership between Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij and Shell Expro.
Venko was hired by ONEGas to provide painting, sheeting and insulation work; and Venko subcontracted the accessibility works to BRAND. The project is expected to run until the end of 2016.
This is a challenging job because each platform has to be treate from top to bottom, i.e. down to the waterline.
Around 300 t of scaffolding
One of the platforms covers 32,000 m2. Tubelock scaffolding was used plus rope access. Once assembled, the scaffolding was first used to remove obsolete components and structures; then to enable the painting to be done safely. The scaffolding was sheeted to catch the blasting grit for protection of the environment.
Insulation work was characterized by a strict schedule. On surfaces which were difficult to reach, we removed, checked and installed heat insulation on fittings, valves and flanges.
A hundred offshore workers from a number of contractors are based on the Jackup Barge “Atlantic Rotterdam”, a mobile platform with living accommodation. There are three large compressors running for the painting 24 hours a day, so BRAND installed scaffolding with special acoustic sheeting, so noise levels in the accommodation were acceptable.
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