Stork shortlisted for safety and environmental awards

A memo from Erik-Jan Bijvank, SVP - UK & Africa

The shortlist for this year’s OAA have been announced, and I’m delighted to say that Stork have been shortlisted in the two categories.

  • Safety Innovation - Extended Reach Breathing Apparatus (ERBAS)
  • Environmentalist - Sandwash Tank

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Thursday 20 March 2014.

Please find below some further information on both entries.

Safety Innovation – Extended Reach Breathing Apparatus (ERBAS)

When working in a confined space on assets such as inside a platform leg or a FPSO tank, the distance travelled on breathing apparatus (BA) can be in the region of 200 metres and in some cases this also include a vertical climb.

The widely used conventional airline/escape BA only supplies 10 minutes of emergency air. In the event of the main airline supply failing the operative does not have sufficient emergency air to evacuate to a safe area.

The current method to allow operatives to work at this distance is to supply cylinder change out stations at various points along the exit route.  This allows the BA operative to exchange an empty cylinder for a full one allowing them a further 10 minutes to continue their escape.

Stork’s solution to this industry challenge is the Extended Reach Breathing Apparatus System (ERBAS).  The system is compact and easy to deploy inside a platform leg.  Once installed it replaces the cylinder change out method by refilling the escape cylinder whilst still being attached to the BA operative.  ERBAS allows the BA operative to refill their 10 minute cylinder with air, in less than 60 seconds in one simple connection.

For further information contact, BA Department Manager

Other shortlisted companies in this category includes AMEC and Viper Subsea.

Environmentalist category - Sandwash Tank

In most cases, when removing accumulated solids from separators or vessels these are contaminated with hydrocarbon, Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM), Benzene or Mercury making it a challenge to treat and dispose offshore safely and environmentally friendly. In order for the removed sand to be disposed of overboard, oil content must be reduced to less than a certain percentage or parts per million (ppm).

In 2007, Stork began the process of reviewing the company’s existing technology to improve the system’s capabilities.  After rigorous research and development the technology was established and Stork’s Sandwash Tank was manufactured.  The technology produces a <1% oil on sand ratio and enables a faster, more efficient method for treating produced solids for overboard discharge .

Due to Stork’s Sandwash Tank having a major positive effect on the environment, in 2010 the UK’s environmental legislator (Department of Energy and Climate Change – DECC) started reducing ‘oil on sand’ discharge consents.

For further information contact, Operations Manager, De-sanding.

Other shortlisted companies in this category include Cape Environmental Services Offshore and TWMA.

This is a great achievement by everybody involved, let’s keep our fingers crossed for Stork.