PORT OF TYNE, UK– IHC Engineering Business (IHC EB) is constructing a 150-ton pipe-lay tower as part of a 300-ton-capacity flexible pipelay system destined for the deepwater in the Santos basin offshore Brazil. The completed lay system is scheduled to be installed on the Brazilian-built, Seadrill-operated SapuraKencana vessel in late 2014.
The IHC EB system consists of three packages of work: an under-deck product handling system, a tower system, and vessel deck systems. A key stage of the project has been achieved with the delivery of the 150-ton tower fabrication to IHC EB’s Port of Tyne facility ahead of a six-month outfitting and testing period.
Alongside the tower system, IHC EB is also progressing on the vessel deck system equipment. Both systems are estimated to be completed by the early 2014 delivery requirement.
This current phase follows the completion of the under-deck equipment delivered earlier this year to the vessel builder to coincide with the vessel build sequence. This package consisted of two cable storage carousel baskets, which have 500-ton and 2,000-ton capacity, and associated load manipulator devices produced by both the load UK supply base and in IHC group companies in Holland.
The fully assembled and tested tower system will weigh in at 800 tons and stand 40 m (131 ft) tall when it is lifted to a vertical orientation.