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Offshore Platform - Clyde Installation

Platform Size - Medium.

Platform Location - North Sea 180 miles E of Inverness in the Orion Field.

Condition - Weathered but maintained. Average overall condition.

Hydrocarbon Output - 700 - 1100 Barrels per day.

Maximum Persons On Board (POB) - 160.

Platform Operational - 1987.

Offshore Welfare facilities (Internal) -

The Good

Has a spacious recreational room which is split between the gaming /brew area and the TV area. A small library is here (locked with key available) which is fairly well stocked.
A computer room with 4 up-to-date PCs. 2 of these are for the internet while the other two are for gaming only. Connection speed is slow to moderate for the internet. Another 2 computers are in here but they have been stripped out by thieves and haven't been replaced yet.
Table tennis, 2 fruit machines, pool table, snooker table and darts in the recreation room.
Decent equipped gym.
DVDs available from the Radio Room.
The food is variable and somewhat varied. The entire Accommodation module is HVAC of course, but not so you'd notice it.
There is plenty of locker space due to the smoking lounge's conversion into a locker room.
The cabins are adequate and not too cramped.

The Bad

The top bunks in the cabins tend to be uncomfortable.
With only 2 telephones and a strict 10 minute waiting time making calls is not a given luxury, the re is zero ventilation inside the phone booths. The stuffy conditions that remain after a worker has just finished using it is not for the faint hearted!
The internet/computer room is very cramped and suffer from the same lack of ventilation the phone booths have. It also has a booking sheet system meaning that you are unlikely to get a seat to surf unless you pre-book hours earlier.
There is no smokers lounge due to an HVAC fault in there. There are no plans to alleviate or fix this either! This means the only place to smoke on the platform (with the exception of the external smoking shack) is the boot locker smoking room.

Offshore Welfare facilities (External) - 1 Smoke area is located in the boot locker room. Another is in a portacabin just below the pipe deck. Every phone point (with the exception of the inner offices) is locked to internal platform calls only. The walkways are irregular and unpredictable for the newcomer. On the west and east side they are steep meaning getting about the platform can be a real work-out!
No food is available during morning and afternoon breaks, instead fruit and biscuits are provided.
The senior management are an even-handed bunch but do not tolerate in-betweenies (unofficial breaks). They tend to be grudgingly respected and are considered a reasonable bunch in the North Sea for man-management and work-scope dynamics.

Platform Emergency Drills - Evident and carried out weekly (usually on a Saturday).

Overview - Located in the Mid-Northern sector of the North Sea. This static platform is within sight of many other platforms including the Janice, Auk and Fulmar(weather permitting!).

The oil company Talisman is the owner and operator of this platform. Safety is taken seriously. The platform lies in the Orion Field of the North Sea. Safety features include the standard issue 'Davit' lifeboat system
The primary contracting company that provides personnel for the oil platform is Wood Group and Salamis. This review is valid as at 13th July 2008.

OPR Rating - 5.5 / 10. To submit your additional review of the platform click here.

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