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Canadian subsea firm wins Indian FPSO contract

17th January 2013

A Halifax-based subsea company will deploy visualisation and inspection technologies for use in a FPSO facility off the Bay of Bengal

The offshore oil and gas industry is moving towards a realisation that spot checks on moorings do not provide enough data on critical failure points

Subsea engineering firm Welaptega Marine has been awarded a mooring inspection and “fitness for purpose evaluation” on a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) facility offshore India.

 

Aker Floating Production has contracted a team of specialist engineers to deploy Welaptega visualisation and inspection technologies which include High-Definition 3D Video (HD3DV), 3D Modelling (3DM), Optical Chain Measurement System (CMS), Subsea Chain Measurement Caliper and Rope Measurement System (RMS).

 

Dhirubhai-1 FSPO, a converted oil tanker , is located in the Bay of Bengal, off the eastern coast of India. It has a 1200m water depth and a production capacity of 60,000 bpd and is on contract to Reliance Industries Ltd. until 2018. “This is a comprehensive fitness for purpose evaluation of the facility’s mooring system,” said Tony Hall, CEO of Welaptega.

 

“The offshore oil and gas industry is moving towards a realisation that spot checks on moorings do not provide enough data on critical failure points. This is why we need comprehensive mooring inspections like this one”, said Hall.

 

Welaptega will work with offshore engineering firm BPP-TECH in the UK to establish the Fitness for Purpose Evaluation using data on operational history, met-ocean conditions, design, installation and maintenance of the mooring spread. The inspection of the FPSO’s mooring system is a rolling annual program in which three mooring lines will be inspected on the facility in each year.