Case Study - Stones Turritella FPSO Pre-Commissioning

SITE DETAILS     

Location: Stones field along the Walker Ridge protraction area
Region: Gulf of Mexico
Water depth: Ultra-deep water 9,490 ft. (2,892 m)
Date: Q1 2015

 

CHALLENGES

As well competing with other contractors for good weather windows during simultaneous pre-commissioning operations, our team faced several technical challenges typical of ultra-deep water projects, including high loads (over 200mT) and size of chain components.

 

SCOPE OF WORK

  • Chain tensioning/de-tensioning through the in-line mooring connector (ILMC) tensioning system
  • Subsequent cut and removal of excess chain
  • Riser pull-in rope stretching and transfer to the FPSO
  • Provision of Tow Masters on-board the FPSO
  • BTM buoy clump weight rigging removal
  • Dock and equipment support to Shell contracted heading control tugs
  • FPSO heading control steering lines design, procurement and offshore installation
  • Dive-Support Vessel mooring design, procurement and offshore support for hook-up and disconnection

 

ACTEON GROUP INVOLVEMENT

InterMoor provided full project management and engineering, including: design, procedures, procurement, dock support, offshore equipment and personnel for all phases.

UTEC Survey provided the positioning survey for the AHV

Mirage custom-designed and fabricated the diamond wire cutting saw and clamping system.

 

KEY ASSETS

Seacor Keith Cowan anchor-handling vessel (AHV)

HOS Iron Horse in the second part of the operations.

 

SOLUTIONS AND KEYS TO SUCCESS

  • Integrated project team
  • Extensive and thorough planning
  • High quality engineering
    • E.g. design of specific interface adapter between clamp and cutting saw to mitigate heave
    • E.g. special use of Orcaflex to model dive vessel movements in relation to FPSO
  • Responsiveness to client’s changing needs
  • HSE focus
  • Flexible/cost-effective spread: cheaper/smaller vessel (AHV)

 

OUTCOMES

  • Chain removal completed successfully, i.e. no dropped objects
  • No LTIs or recordable incidents
  • The job was completed without schedule impacts for the FPSO

 

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