Statoil Uses Schat Harding Freefall Systems for Veslefrikk B

Schat-Harding has completed the installation of three sophisticated freefall lifeboat systems at Statoil's strategic North Sea oil production platform Veslefrikk B.

Statoil decided to replace the platform's seven conventional lifeboats with the new freefall systems in order to improve safety and to reduce critical evacuation times in the event of an emergency at Veslefrikk B, the first permanent floating production unit in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. It was also able to retire the standby vessel 'Siddis Pilot', with a consequent saving in annual operating expenses of Nkr25m.

Statoil says it is "delighted" with the outcome of the project, which saw all engineering, prefabrication and installation work carried out quickly and efficiently. The offshore installation work was performed by Vetco Aibel of Bergen, and coordinated by Schat Harding, with strong support from the group's production facilities in Norway and the Czech Republic.

Schat Harding was able to meet all Statoil objectives, including a very short delivery time, thus demonstrating the ability of the group to offer a complete package, including professional support, to customers who need fast and efficient delivery from their preferred suppliers.