6 The Pacific “Berkut” Oil Rig is the Biggest One

The Pacific “Berkut” Oil Rig is the Biggest One

Posted on June 25, 2014 by gm


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The platform “Berkut”, the installation of which will be completed in the next few days, is 25 kilometers from the northern part of Sakhalin Island, offshore in the Sea of ​​Okhotsk, on the Russian Pacific coast. According to experts, after reaching full capacity, the platform will be the largest in the world by the volume of hydrocarbons produced per year.

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The platform “Berkut” is specifically designed to operate in harsh subarctic conditions and can withstand waves up to 18 meters, pressure of ice fields up to two meters thick and temperatures down to minus 44 ° C.

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The weight of the base of the platform – 160,000 tons, its perimeter – 100 at 133 meters, height – 50 meters. The platform is designed for production of up to 4.5 million tons of hydrocarbons per year.

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The latest technology was used in its construction. Scientists performed research work on the effects of ice in the Sea of ​​Okhotsk to the platform and made recommendations on how to protect the platform. Previously, such platforms were built using a metal ice protection belt. For this project a new technique for protecting oil platforms by using a concrete ice protection belt was developed. This technology is being used for the first time: it better protects the structure from the effects of ice, and its production is much cheaper than the manufacture of metal belts.

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6 Responses to “The Pacific “Berkut” Oil Rig is the Biggest One”

  1. George says:

    It is big….

  2. john says:

    Fascinating ,good posting

  3. irongrampa says:

    Quite an impressive piece of equipment.

  4. Patrick says:

    I did part of the (AUTOCAD) drawings of the Troll platform. I believe that platform is even bigger than this one.

  5. crok says:

    “Biggest” does not mean tallest/highest IMO..

    The title is a bit “bad” at wording, but still:

    “According to experts, after reaching full capacity, the platform will be the largest in the world by the volume of hydrocarbons produced per year.” – thus shall we it’s *production capacity per year* is the “biggest” (largest).

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