August 24, 2011
The drilling and oil production platform, Molikpaq, is a steel caisson, ice-resistant structure, built to explore for oil in the Canadian Beaufort Sea. It was used in the 1980s in the Canadian Beaufort Sea for the exploration drilling of oil and gas. The platform was extensively instrumented for the structural responses due to ice loads and other environmental forces.
Molikpaq on the Canadian Arctic
Steel Mobile Arctic Caisson, the Molikpaq was developed and built by Gulf Canada Resources and was first deployed in the Canadian Beaufort Sea in 1984. The platform was used for exploration drilling for four winter seasons in the Canadian Arctic at the Tarsiut P-45 site (1984), Amauligak I-65 (1985), Amauligak F-24 (1987) and Isserk I-15 (1989).
Molikpaq Cross-sectional at the Amauligak I-65 site in 1985 (source)
Beaufort Sea activity which was in peak during 1970s and 1980s declined in the early 1990s and focus shifted in other parts of the world.
The Molikpaq oil rig was redesigned in Calgary, Canada and installed near Sakhalin Island in the September of 1998. The platform is installed 16km offshore, at the depth of 30m. This is the first oil platform installed off the coast of Russia. The Arctic-class drilling, production and quarters platform, Molikpaq, is capable of producing up to 90,000 bpd of oil and 72 MMcf/d (2 MMcm/d) of natural gas.