The platform “Berkut”, the set up of which can be accomplished within the subsequent few days, is 25 kilometers from the northern a part of Sakhalin Island, offshore within the Sea of Okhotsk, on the Russian Pacific coast. In keeping with consultants, after reaching full capability, the platform would be the largest on the planet by the amount of hydrocarbons produced per yr.
The platform “Berkut” is particularly designed to function in harsh subarctic circumstances and may face up to waves as much as 18 meters, stress of ice fields as much as two meters thick and temperatures all the way down to minus 44 ° C.
The load of the bottom of the platform – 160,000 tons, its perimeter – 100 at 133 meters, top – 50 meters. The platform is designed for manufacturing of as much as 4.5 million tons of hydrocarbons per yr.
The most recent expertise was utilized in its building. Scientists carried out analysis work on the consequences of ice within the Sea of Okhotsk to the platform and made suggestions on methods to defend the platform. Beforehand, such platforms had been constructed utilizing a steel ice safety belt. For this undertaking a brand new approach for safeguarding oil platforms by utilizing a concrete ice safety belt was developed. This expertise is getting used for the primary time: it higher protects the construction from the consequences of ice, and its manufacturing is less expensive than the manufacture of steel belts.