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07Oct93 UK: UNSTAFFED PLATFORMS BID - OIL AND GAS PLATFORMS.

Engineers are looking at the feasibility of building a new lightweight generation of unstaffed oil and gas platforms.Shell and Esso believe the radical rethink in offshore platform design will slash costs and open up once uneconomic fields to development, prolonging the life of the North Sea as an oil and gas bearing area.Shell engineers are using what they call zero-based engineering to strip out everything but the most essential facilities needed for a platform.The design relies on ...

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