IHI Completes Accommodation Barge For Abu Dhabi Oilfield

A jackup accommodation barge for Zakum Development Company (ZADCO), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, has been constructed by IHI (Ishikawajima- Harima Heavy Industries Co., Ltd.), Japan, for use in the Persian Gulf.

It will be a control and accommodation center for 180 personnel employed aboard offshore oil production platforms in the Upper Zakum oilfield, 80 km off the coast of Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

This new barge, (shown above), measuring about 32 meters by 71 meters (approximately 105 feet by 233 feet), will be permanently installed on site. Durability is expected to be over 40 years.

IHI is performing the accommodation barge project on a full turnkey basis, which includes engineering, construction, transportation and offshore erection, under the supervision and management of TOTAL CFP—Compagnie Francaise des Petroles—acting as manager for the overall Upper Zakum project. E T P M (Entrepose G.T.M. pour les Travaux Petroliers Maritimes, France), in charge of offshore civil works, and GEM H E R S E N T (France), in charge of jacking operations, will perform the installation of the barge as subcontractors. Participating in engineering work is Ateliers et Chantiers de Bretagne (ACB-France). Work will be conducted under the supervision and management of the prime contractor, IHI.

The accommodation barge provides a control block with a control room having a panoramic view over the entire central complex, a control equipment room with computer facilities for the complex, private offices, two helicopter decks, helicopter reception areas, a radio room, medical center, etc. The accommodation block consists of 179 single rooms, each with a spare berth, a manager's suite, messing facilities, recreational areas including patio space with many large live trees and shops, restaurant, squash room, s p o r t s ' g a m e rooms, swimming pool and laundry and sanitary installations, etc.

The barge also provides general utilities, such as air-conditioning units, desalination plants, emergency power generators, sewage treatment units, waste/disposal unit (full automatic incinerator), f i r e f i g h t i n g system and safety system. Most of the above equipment was imported from European vendors through IHI's overseas network.

A radio and telemetry mast with a height of about 100 meters above sea level (about 328 feet) is provided on the control block for communications.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 44,  Mar 1980 Florida

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