Pearl personnel use gangway for platform transfers

An Offshore Access System (OAS) is operating off Qatar to make personnel transfers to and from the offshore facilities of the Pearl Gas to Liquids (GTL) project.

Offshore staff

DOHA, Qatar -- An Offshore Access System (OAS) is operating off Qatar to make personnel transfers to and from the offshore facilities of the Pearl Gas to Liquids (GTL) project.

Pearl GTL is developed jointly by Qatar Petroleum and Shell.

Offshore Solutions, a joint venture between AMEC and Cofely Nederland, supplied the OAS, which completed sea trials in December. The OAS is a 20-m (65.6-ft) long, hydraulically operated, heave compensated, telescopic gangway designed to operate in 2.5 m (8.2-ft) Hs (significant wave height) sea states.

The partnership was awarded a three-year supply contract by Qatar Shell GTL, with an option for a two-year extension.

The OAS is in place on the Bourbon Gulf Star, a DP-2, IBC* Type 2 platform supply vessel which transfers personnel to and from two wellhead platforms to undertake operations and maintenance work. The system will remain connected when personnel are on board the platforms.

01/10/2011

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