When the seawater pump on an offshore rig needed replacing, an air hoist supplied by materials handling specialists J D Neuhaus, was on hand to provide safe lifting of the components. Seawater pumps are an integral part of the working environment within oil and gas offshore structures.
Seawater itself is utilised for general cooling of on-site production activities, while also providing a major safety dousing factor in the event of fire or leakage occurring in the hazardous and potentially explosive offshore atmospheric conditions.
The maintenance, repair or even total replacement of the associated pumps and pipework in such locations is undertaken by Gerritsen On- & Offshore Services BV, with work recently carried out at a rig located in the southern North Sea. A four man team undertook the dismantling of one pump and pipework assembly out of the three similar installations in the pump area.