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Installation of Balltec’s MoorLOK subsea mooring connectors at Lancaster field

Installation of Balltec’s MoorLOK subsea mooring connectors has successfully been completed at Hurricane Energy’s Lancaster field.

The connectors, which were delivered in early 2018 to Bluewater Energy Services BV, are being used to connect the 12 mooring lines to the turret mooring buoy of Bluewater’s Aoka Mizu FPSO. Installation of the subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines is currently on-going ahead of arrival of the FPSO with start-up planned for H1 2019.

Balltec designed and manufactured the connectors specifically for this project. The firm’s technicians were offshore during July to oversee the installation of the connectors by SBM under subcontract to TechnipFMC.

Neil Platt, COO of Hurricane Energy plc commented:

“We are pleased to have installed the buoy for our FPSO turret mooring system at the Lancaster field. We’d like to thank Balltec for their involvement in this critical element of our Lancaster early production system development.”

Balltec’s Managing Director, Russell Benson added:

“We were delighted to be selected to supply our MoorLOK Subsea Mooring Connectors for the Lancaster Project. The MoorLOK is an ideal connector for this application, combining an installation procedure with no requirement for divers or ROV intervention with a fail-safe, patented triple locking mechanism which ensures the integrity of the connection in any orientation.”

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