3 Exciting Journey to the Offshore Platform For Arctic Oil Production

Exciting Journey to the Offshore Platform For Arctic Oil Production

Posted on November 3, 2015 by team


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In April an important event occured in the Russian Arctic – they dispatched the first arctic oil from the ice resistant platform “Prirazlomnaya”. This platform is the only one used for offshore oil production in the Russian Arctic. It represents a very complex system. Hundreds of highly professional people are occupied at “Prirazlomnaya” – from engineers who designed the platform to biologists who ensure the safety of the arctic nature the rig in the Pechora Sea.

Right now we are going to join blogger Sergey Dolya and see how this platform is arranged.

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Our journey starts from Saint-Petersburg – 1700 km away from the oil rig. Visitors are briefed on how they need to evacuatre a helicopter if it falls into the sea.

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The practical training is held this pool. Here they simulate different situations on the water. Everything is rather realistic and most people become more cautious once they go thru with the training.

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These diving suits will help you stay in ice water for several hours. Everyone has a special device for breathing on their neck. But it is not easy to memorize how to use it properly.

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If you think it is not so hard, just imagine yourself (simultaneously):

– in a helicopter that has fallen into the sea;
– hanging upside down on passenger seat belts;
– in complete darkness.

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After the training we go to Arkhangelsk for medical tests and ensuring you have no alcohol in your blood which is strictly forbidden on the platform.

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Arkhangelsk-Varandey is our next flight.

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Varandey is a workers’ settlement for 180 people being used for delivery of personnel and loads for “Prirazlomnaya”.

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Safety measures video watched by a group of visitors.

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A bag with a diving suit is given out to everyone.

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Thermal underwear is included.

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The final flight: Varandey-Prirazlomnaya.

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Not so snowy by now.

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Passengers.

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What do we see out the window? Water and clouds, clouds and water…

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The width and the length of the platform is 126 m, the height is 141 m. It stays in the same place due to its weight exceeding 0,5 million tons. The oil tanks are persistently full of oil or water. Absence of air guarantees non-hazardous area. Several ships are sailing around the platform.

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Helicopter is landing.

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The fireman is meeting the helicopter with a hose to provide safety in case of a fire.

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The team has landed on the platform.

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These passengers are about to leave the platform for the mainland.

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There is a small hotel on the platform.

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Overalls for visiting industrial zones.

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Another briefing – they pay a LOT of attention to safety measures here.

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No garbage thrown overboard!

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“Please hold on!”

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Daily menu (rather tasty) costs about 5 dollars.

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You may pick any dish you want.

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Pastry.

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We start our excursion on the platform. For evacuation they have four boats, each for 70 persons. (The number of people constantly being on the platform is about 200).

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That white container to the right is another place for evacuation.

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The inside view.

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Rafts are arranged along the perimeter of the platform.

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The third variant for evacuation is an evacuation bridge, it is a long (45m) corridor, that looks like a container, on the left from the helipad. There are two of them on the platform. They may safely take people down from the platform onto a duty ship or ice (depending on a scenario of evacuation).

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“Prirazlomnaya” has a design that excludes marine oilspill. If something bad happens, any liquid will flow into preliminarily prepared reservoirs.

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Helipad foundation.

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Cameras are set along the whole perimeter of the platform.

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Several ships are always on duty near the platform: rescue and salvage ship, two multifunctional ice ships, two shuttle tankers.

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Floating hotel for 200 people.

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3 Responses to “Exciting Journey to the Offshore Platform For Arctic Oil Production”

  1. Vijay says:

    Lots of good learning at this site. Thanks for sharing. Will pray for the safety of all the folks involved in work there.

  2. Dragi Jablanovic says:

    Though place to live at. Hope it pays off to the workers.

  3. Vijay says:

    Actually if the mob is looking for one, if one is schizoid, if one wishes to hide from very bad relationships etc., this is the ideal place to be in.

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