Here the jackup rig is towed to sea

24. June 2022

Together with two other assistance vessels, FFS towed the Athos jackup rig up to an oil field in the British sector.

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The jackup rig is towed towards Scotland. The weather conditions were near perfect.

Text: Sveinung W. Jensen, Tellus Kommunikasjon

- Everything went really well. It helped, of course, that we had flat seas and glorious sun almost all the way, says the captain on board, Morten Andreassen.

The tow from the Netherlands took three days. Well ahead of the oil field, which is about 90 miles east of Aberdeen, the rig was kept in position until it had found a foothold on the seabed.

- The depth was 89 meters. It took about ten hours to get the legs in place, Andreassen says.

A jackup rig is a jack-up platform used for offshore petroleum production and drilling.

The platform floats in the sea when the legs are jacked up and towed to the drilling position. When this is reached, the legs are lowered to the bottom, after which the platform deck is jacked up until it is at the right level, clear of the sea.


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