K13-A North Sea
|Client||Wintershall Noordzee BV|
|Challenge||Complex scaffolding, assembly at waterline level to enable painting of the offshore platform|
There are around 130 offshore installations for extracting oil and gas in the Dutch section of the North Sea. About 25 of these platforms are owned by Wintershall Noordzee, a subsidiary of the German company Wintershall Holding AG and part of the BASF Group.
Wintershall’s oldest platform is the K13-A, which was built in 1974 and was the first platform in sector K13 of the North Sea. Gas reservoirs generally run dry after 15-20 years, and the K13-A platform now also serves as a transit station for gas from other platforms.
BRAND installed the scaffolding for the painting work on the riser at jacket level and for building the complete staircase on the east side (ground floor living quarters as far as the helideck). The
scaffolding, constructed mainly of Tubelock, was delivered in phases totalling around 64 t.
Assembly on the waterline All this scaffolding was in the ’complex’ category, which means that BRAND’s engineering department had to draw dimension in accordance with the Scaffolding Directive. The scaffolding is sealed with tarpaulins to protect the environment. The scaffolding by the riser was the biggest challenge, as it is located below the jacket at waterline level. Installing this was planned in periods when weather conditions were relatively calm.
Safety requirements for offshore activities are high. Working safely means preparing well, conducting Task Risk Analyses (TRAs) daily and issuing job permits, and conducting a Last Minute Risk Assessment (LMRA) just before starting work. All BRAND’s technicians attend a specific offshore course, including training in corporate first aid, EHBO and firefighting. The BRAND technicians deployed on platform K13-A are well experienced in offshore projects!
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