Hydranautics Awarded BP Magnus Field Platform Contract

Hydranautics, Inc., Santa Barbara, Calif., has been chosen by Matthew Hall Engineering Ltd. of London to provide the hydraulic heavy load moving equipment for use on British Petroleum's Magnus Field platform in the North Sea.

The contract calls f o r four 260- ton, push/pull p i s t o n g r i p p er jacks, two 80-ton lift systems, a power supply, control unit and remote BOP list system control panel. The Hydranautics equipment will be used for rig skidding and l i f t i n g / l o w e r i n g the blowout preventers on this northernmost platform in the North Sea. The Hydranautics equipment has a maximum moving capacity of 2,600 tons at 20 percent coefficient of friction.

The equipment is scheduled to be shipped late this year and will be installed and operating on the platform by the end of 1981.

In awarding the contract, Matthew Hall Engineering stated that Hydranautics provided the best track record capability and price for performing the rig-skidding and lifting functions in the Arctic conditions on the platform.

Matthew Hall Engineering is responsible for the management of the platform topside design.

Hydranautics rig-skidding systems have been used continuously on all four BP Forties platforms since drilling began in 1974.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 34,  Aug 15, 1980

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