Scots designers of double-deck jack-up platform poised for ‘double top’ at World Oil Awards in USA

CGI of The Heron double-deck platform. Although designed in Scotland, it will almost certainly not be built in Scotland - despite informal support from the trade unions - where it could create up to 5,000 new Clyde ship-building jobs, as this would require the kind of nationally joined-up Scottish Government Energy and Industrial policy not seen since the construction of large-scale Scottish hydro power plants in the middle of last century.
CGI of The Heron double-deck platform. Although designed in Scotland, it will almost certainly not be built in Scotland – despite informal support from the trade unions – where it could create up to 5,000 new Clyde ship-building jobs, as this would require the kind of nationally joined-up Scottish Government Energy and Industrial policy not seen since the construction of large-scale Scottish hydro power plants in the middle of last century under the then Labour-run Scottish Office of the UK government.

The Scottish engineering company which has designed and patented The Heron – a  ‘double-deck’ jack-up platform which could be shared as a kind of offshore ‘combine harvester’ – are finalists in two categories at the World Oil Awards in the USA next month.

Based in Glasgow and Aberdeen, CDC Scotland Ltd has developed the CDC Chameleon and the CDC Heron, both concept DP2 self-propelled jack-ups, which have been specifically designed for P&A, decommissioning, well servicing and well intervention operations.

The Chameleon is nominated in the Best Well Intervention category and The Heron in the Best New Horizons category. 

Iain Steven, Technical Director, CDC Scotland,  said “We are delighted to have been nominated in not one, but two categories.  To be recognised at this level for our innovative designs is a reflection on the commitment and perseverance of the entire team over the past few years. 

“Rig-less intervention strategies, flexibility, sustainable cost-reductions are at the heart of ourdesigns. 

“We are currently in discussion with a number of third-party services providers who are considering CDC vessels as delivery vehicles for their own services. 

“Because our vessels are rig-less there’s a greater amount of deck space on board and fewer personnel required.  A number of third-party service providers are viewing this as a means of delivering a more attractive service to their customers.”

The CDC Chameleon is described as a ‘pocket MODU’ while the Heron – with its second deck and extending cantilever – offers up to 90% more deck space than alternative vessels. 

The Heron’s second deck also elevates, offering two industry sectors a ‘walk-to-work’ environment for both the renewable energy and oil and gas markets.

John Davies, Managing Director, CDC Scotland, added: “We firmly believe our designs represent an advance in sustainable cost saving opportunities for offshore O&G and renewables. 

“We’re thrilled to have reached the finalist stages of these innovation awards and we hope to see the first of our vessel designs at sea within the next 18 – 24 months.”

See also:

EXCLUSIVE: New double-deck platform jack-up barge could save offshore wind and oil companies $100,000 a day (and create 5,000 new Scots shipbuilding jobs)

http://www.scottishenergynews.com/scots-engineers-claim-new-double-deck-platform-jack-up-barge-could-save-offshore-wind-and-oil-companies-100000-a-day-and-create-5000-new-shipbuilding-jobs/

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