System scaffolding challenges at UKCS operator



UKCS operator




Upstream oil & gas

Associated capabilities


Stork was contracted by a major UKCS operator who presented a number of challenges. 

They required:

• A faster erecting and dismantling scaffold system.

• Reduction of manual handling and loads applied to aging steel structures.

• The scaffold material had to resist the effect of corrosion compared to the conventional tube and fittings.

• Eliminate the requirement for using scaffold fittings.


After conducting a comprehensive research and development programme, Stork succesfully sourced and implemented Alustars's aluminium system. This system has a robust and highly proven offshore trackrecord, having been used extensively within the Norwegian and Danish sectors of the North Sea. Prior to implementation, Stork provided full training for all scaffolders involved.


• Over 60% reduction in manual handling for all scaffolders.

• Faster installation time compared to conventional scaffold access (less than 50% of time).

• Reduction in scaffold tonnage required i.e. 24.0 Te as opposed to 60.0 Te in comparison to conventional material.

• As the tubular components are 48.3 external diameter, traditional fittings/tubes can be attached.

Project details

When:  August, 2017

Product:  Alustar Aluminium System Scaffolding

Safety:  Project delivered safely, on time and with no incidents