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A bird's eye view on the gigantic oil platform D-Island

Vast racks of storage cylinders ensure permanent availability of breathing air

Munich, le 28 décembre 2018

BAUER protects workers on oil rigs

In the summer, the Kazakh part of the Caspian Sea experiences temperatures of up to 42 degrees Celsius, while winters may plunge to as low as minus 36 degrees. Oil drilling out here is a tough and harsh job.

And often enough, it’s dangerous too; toxic hydrogen sulphide (H2S) often escapes from the borehole. If the workers cannot immediately evacuate to a safety stations with a supply of pure breathing air, they might be suffocated to death. For this reason, WABAS (Working Air Breathing Air Systems) are installed in the rig area. High-powered large-scale compressors from BAUER provide the breathing air for these safe spaces. The evacuation stations are under pressure to prevent H2S from penetrating from the outside and to supply reliable protection for rig workers.

Italian oil company ENI is a member of the NCOC operating consortium for conducting test drilling in the Kashagan oil field. As a long-standing reliable partner of ENI, BAUER received the assignment to install the high-pressure systems required for the WABAS on “D”-Island, a vast artificial island. IK 28 compressors – famous for their indestructible design and dependability – fill the breathing air into almost 600 storage cylinders, each taller than a man, grouped into space-saving racks and housed in containers. The air volume produced in this way is enough for any emergency scenario imaginable.

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