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Excellent safety record on Gullfaks fire and gas upgrade


Efficient planning keeps project on track

Gullfaks A, a processing, storage and export platform operated by StatoilHydro, has been operating in the North Sea since December 1986. After 23 years of service, the platform’s fire and gas detectors were in need of an overhaul. Working together with two Norwegian companies, ABB and Autronica, Semco Maritime engineers were involved from the outset, helping conduct the initial surveys and the onshore work in Sola, Norway. And the skills and experience of the Semco Maritime project management team helped keep this large project on track. The major part of the project involved dismantling, and replacing outdated fire and gas equipment with new, advanced detection systems. An installation team from Semco Maritime Norway and safety and automation experts from Semco Maritime Denmark performed the offshore work, with the help of staff from ABB and Autronica.

One of the team’s first tasks was to replace the majority of the platform’s 640 heat detectors, most of which hadn’t been changed for 23 years. They also replaced 217 Detronics flame detectors, and installed an additional 116 Detronics Autroflame X33 flame detectors. And finally, 96 gas detectors were replaced.

Safety in the hot seat

The fire and gas upgrade involved over 102,000 accident-free man hours, of which almost 73,000 were spent onboard installing new equipment. Semco Maritime takes safety very seriously, and had a dedicated safety expert onboard during the entire project. And this approach paid off. The project was completed without a single incident and this outstanding safety record is now being used as best practice by other offshore contractors.
If you want to find out what Semco Maritime’s Norwegian division can do for your company, call us on +47 5171 5656 or drop us a line at semco@semcomaritime.no .