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Giant Task Completed

The world’s largest single “jack-up” type platform for offshore oil and gas fields is operating in the North Sea after being protected by Akzo Nobel paints.

The 43,000 tone PUQ (production/utilities/quarters) platform was covered with International Protective Coatings in dry dock at Nigg, Ross-shire, on the Cromarty Firth in Scotland, before being positioned in the Elgin field.

BARMAC, who built the platform, selected International’s Interzone coating for the legs and hull, Interseal for the tanks and Interfine for the topsides and part of the hull for the GBP 2.5 million (EUR 4.1 million) coatings project.

Chartek fire protection coating was also used on key areas.

The North Sea presents some of the most hazardous and extreme environments for offshore structures anywhere in the world and International has been developing coatings specifically for these conditions since offshore exploration began.

Operated by TotalFineElf Exploration UK and part of the Elgin/Franklin development in the North Sea, the platform has living quarters for 69 people.

For more information on International Protective Coatings visit their website

(Released: November 17, 2000) 

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