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Semi-submersible Platform Launched


On 6 February 1999, DHI held a launching ceremony at its Okpo Shipyard for the world's largest semi-submersible floating production platform. The platform is being constructed for Statoil Company of Norway, one of the world's leading oil producers. Daewoo Heavy Industries has been working on the project jointly with Kvaerner Oil and Gas A.S. of Norway since the latter company was granted the contract in May 1997. Completion is expected in mid July 1999.
The platform's massive substructure (about 18,200 gross tons) is 115 meters long, 96 meters wide, and 47 meters high. The completed substructure will be transported to Norway by September 1999. Kvaerner Oil and Gas A.S. of Norway will then combine the substructure and the topside of the platform on site. The floating platform is expected to begin producing gas after its installation has been completed in October of 2000.
At the outset of this project, every offshore company was anxious about the structure's need for high grade steel welding, which differs from steel welding for ships, and a quality of paint that meets NORSOK standards requiring a 50 year life time. Some further complications were caused by the short time allowed for the designing and the frequent design changes. DHI coped with the design changes and did its best to reduce delays and problems to a minimum through its cooperation with Kvaerner. More information: Daewoo Heavy Industries


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