"Sparks At Sea"
Life after the Cold War
BP's FPSO Schiehallion
BP's FPSO Schiehallion, where I spend two fifths of my time these days; I am a "Field Telecoms Tech", working 12 hour shifts on a two weeks on / three weeks off cycle. It's a tough job but somebody has to do it; see my CV for the job specs.
The Schiehallion FPSO is located in the Schiehallion oil field in the north east Atlantic ocean approximately 80Nm to the west of the Shetland Islands.
Produced gas is piped via Sullom Voe in Shetland to the Magnus field where it is re-injected to re-pressurise the geological formation. At the time of her building at Harland and Wolff of Belfast the Schiehallion FPSO was the largest new building of her type.
Processed crude is
transferred from the Schiehallion FPSO to a dedicated shuttle tanker, the 126,000 dwt Loch Rannoch,
constructed at Daewoo's shipyard in South Korea. The 850,000
barrel-capacity tanker, operated by BP Shipping, maintains the
transportation link with Sullom Voe on the basis of a four to five day
To visit BP's Loch Rannoch web site, click here
Images of FPSO Schiehallion are used with permission and are the property and ęcopyright of BP
Constructed by Dick Barrett