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

Balltec’s MoorLOK subsea mooring connectors

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.

 

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Balltec selected by Saipem for supply of Sheave Connection Points for Dolphin Energy EPRS system

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Balltec has secured a contract from Saipem in Italy for the supply of 2 off Sheave Connection Points (SCPs) for Dolphin Energy’s Emergency Pipeline Repair System (EPRS). The EPRS supports the Dolphin Gas Project where natural gas from Qatar’s ‘North Field’ is transported via two 36” diameter sealines to the company’s onshore processing plant at Ras Laffan, Qatar. Once processed, the gas is then transported via export subsea pipeline from Ras Laffan to Taweelah, UAE.

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Balltec secures contract award from Intermoor for its MoorLOK subsea mooring connectors

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Balltec has recently secured a contract from Intermoor Inc., based in Houston, USA, for the supply of 9 off of its MoorLOK subsea mooring connectors for a project off the coast of West Africa. The connectors, rated to an MBL of 800 Metric Tonnes, are due to be delivered in September with installation scheduled for completion before the end of 2018. Intermoor placed the contract with Balltec based on past experience and the ‘fast track’ delivery schedule requirements. Balltec’s MoorLOK connector has an extensive track record having been used on numerous projects around the world.

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Balltec completes successful disconnection of its MoorLOK subsea mooring connectors on Shell Malikai oil field

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Balltec has recently completed the disconnection of its MoorLOK subsea mooring connectors on behalf of EMAS Offshore Limited on the Shell Malikai oil field off Sabah, Malaysia. The connectors, rated to 615 mT MBL, were originally supplied in 2015 to Technip MMHE Joint Venture and used for temporary mooring of the Tender Assisted Drilling (TAD) vessel which has now completed drilling operations. Balltec’s MoorLOK connector was originally selected due to its ease of dis-connection after prolonged subsea installation and this was highlighted during the successful offshore campaign that was completed in March of this year. Once the connectors had been returned to shore in Labuan, Malaysia, they were inspected and prepared for long term storage by Balltec’s technicians.

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Balltec completes lifting beam load testing on behalf of Aquila Nuclear Engineering

Subsea Mooring Connector Balltec has recently completed proof load and destructive testing of various lifting beam assemblies on behalf of Aquila Nuclear Engineering Ltd. Aquila, based at Twyford, Hampshire, contracted Balltec as part of the refurbishment of existing lifting beam assemblies for use in the nuclear industry as well as testing of prototype lifting beams which were designed and manufactured by Aquila.

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Balltec subsea mooring connector and tensioning system contract for a floating weather monitoring system

Balltec has recently secured and supplied a contract from Streamlined Naval Architects, based in Greece, for the design, manufacture, testing and supply of 4 subsea adjustable mooring connectors and hydraulic tensioners. The connectors and tensioners, which are due to be installed off the Greek island of Makronisos in May of this year, will moor Floatmast’s Floating Met Mast Tension Leg Platform demonstration project for a period of 12 months. This demonstration project, which is subject to a grant from the European Commission (Grant Agreement No. 784040), will provide Floatmast with field data to verify the mast’s capabilities. Each adjustable mooring connector, rated to a minimum break load of 450 metric Tonnes, is designed with a self-activating mechanism to allow rapid deployment and connection of the mooring lines to the Floatmast with no diver intervention. Hydraulic tensioners will be also be installed onto each connector to adjust the mooring lines to the required tension. The operation of the tensioners will be controlled from the surface thus reducing installation time and costs. Also included in Balltec’s scope of supply are 4 H Links to connect each mooring line to the subsea base. Further details of Floatmast and the project are available at www.floatmast.com.

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Balltec secures mooring connector contract from SOFEC, Inc.

MoorLOK_subsea_mooring_connector Balltec is pleased to announce the contract award by SOFEC Inc., based in Houston, USA, for the design, manufacture, testing and delivery of twelve of its MoorLOK subsea mooring connectors. The connectors, which will be subject to ABS certification are rated to 922 mT end of life minimum break load with a design life of 16 years and are due to be delivered in September, 2018. The MoorLOK connectors will be used to moor a vessel for approximately 16 years in a water depth greater than 1,000 metres. Each anchor line of the vessel is made up of polyester rope with sections of studless chain at the connections to the vessel and the piles. The MoorLOK connectors when installed will connect the mooring lines to the piles. The MoorLOK is the world’s only patented ball and taper subsea mooring connector with over 300 connectors in service and has the ability to be disconnected at any time during its service life in the event of mooring line maintenance or replacement.

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