Middle Eastern Oil Rig – Suspended Scaffolding | QuikDeck®

Project

Middle Eastern oil rig turnaround, off Arabian Peninsula

Scope

Refurbishment, including nearly 30 tons of steel replacement, for large oil rig

Challenge

Provide complete access to the underside of the rig

Performance

The 26-million-ton platform was a jack-up rig, meaning its legs move up and down: up, so that the rig floats and can be towed into position; and down, so it can sit solidly on the sea floor. During the lay-up, the legs needed to move for inspection. So while the legs could be used temporarily to get the QuikDeck® platform started, the suspended scaffolding system needed to be free of the legs during the bulk of the lay-up. This situation made QuikDeck perfect for the job.

QuikDeck can handle up to 75 pounds per square foot live load. Its rigid, flat surface meant that equipment on wheels could easily be moved. Another advantage of the solid, unobstructed surface is that the 130 people working on the project were secure and safe at all times, and because they felt secure, they were more productive. Additionally, the large, continuous factory-floor-like surface made it easy to contain materials, including debris from blasting and grinding.

The team began work in late 2014, just three days after being mobilized. Crews worked around the clock, 24 hours a day, and the entire job, including surface prep, painting, adding pipes and reinforcing the helideck with additional steel, was completed, with no safety incidents, just 35 days later.