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In the next workshop, the clamps for the caissons on the Siri field were being fabricated to act as a permanent reinforcement solution for the existing structure. These are 5 metres in diameter and 6 metres high with a sophisticated clamping system.

Against stiff competition, Wilton won the multi-million pound contract from Conoco for the Long Term Compression (LTC) Module for the Britannia field weighing a colossal 2200 tonnes. It will be fabricated as individual decks, which are currently being manufactured. It was inspiring to see the precision and quality of the workmanship on such a large

The next project was a J-Lay tower to be used for the installation of subsea steel pipelines, sections of which are up-ended from the vessel and held in position whilst being welded to the pipe being installed. The tower is an extremely large and complex structure and was nearing completion.

fabricated structure – 30 metres long, 29 meters high and 18 metres wide.

After the tour, members were given the opportunity to ask questions of Bill and senior management from Procurement, Engineering, Proposals and Business Development functions and to network with the team over an excellent lunch.

The visit gave members an opportunity to hear about and see first hand the operations of a specialist fabricator and enable contacts to be made. Wilton has no machining facilities and use external sources for offsite and onsite machining. They also buy-in other subcontract services and for the Conoco project will require around £10 million of sub-contract services.

Our thanks go to Bill and his team for such an informative and worthwhile visit. It is an object lesson for UK manufacturing of what can be achieved with the right vision and persistence.

by Alastair Lang, Business and Relationship Manager

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