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Observations on New Build Rig


Donald Cumming BG Group

Overview of findings that arose from a review of a new build rig commissioned by BG Group. From the outset of the contract, certain expectations were aspired to, in the hope that any potential dropped object could be eradicated from the start. Unfortunately, the findings proved disappointing. Photo examples of poorly designed equipment, from masts to nets were explained. Also described were findings from a derrick that has secondary retention issues with fingerboards, sheaves, junction boxes, gates, tools etc. The conclusions were the importance of clearly defining and documenting expectations in contracts to ensure they are clear and formal. ’Real time’ monitoring is important to catch poor installation quickly, before everything is installed.

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4 Sep 2014