The floating made-in-China monster! 31k-tonne oil platform sets sail to its new home in the UK
How did the oil platform cross the ocean?
No, this isn’t joke but an actual case of real-life logistics.
A giant rig, weighing a colossal 31,000 tons and measuring 56 meters tall, was loaded on to China’s largest semi-submersible ship for a very special delivery to the North Sea.
It is cylindrical in shape and can turn in all directions along with wind and waves to avoid damage from stormy weather.
With the maximum processing capacity of 44,000 barrels of crude oil a day, the platform can deal with mud and impurities of the crude oil under the sea. It will then ship the purified oil via shuttle tankers.
As an offshore processing plant for oil and gas, it took Cosco Shipyard four years to build the piece of kit for Dana Petroleum.
It is expected to reach the North Sea Oil Field in June, where it will be put into service for two decades.
Overall, it will have travelled more than 5,600 miles from Zhoushan City near Shanghai to its new home.
The first oil production is slated for November, although this date is yet to be confirmed.
It is set to be extracted from the two fields called Harris and Barra located some 99 miles east of the Shetland Islands.
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Source: Daily Mail