HOUSTON -- InterMoor is now the exclusive licensee of torpedo pile technology in the US.
The torpedo pile technology rights were granted to InterMoor by Petrobras on Nov. 28, 2008. In the last eight years, Petrobras has successfully installed more than 1,000 torpedo piles — essentially gravity-embedded cylindrically-shaped projectiles — in order to anchor deepwater flowlines and facilities offshore Brazil.
Torpedo piles typically range in size from 24 to 98 metric tons (26 to 108 tons). The largest torpedo pile can provide anchor-holding capacity of up to 1,000 metric tons (1,102 tons).
"Petrobras' extensive experience in the use of torpedo piles has shown them to be both economical and less time consuming to install than alternatives, such as suction piles or drag-embedded plate anchors," says Bob Wilde, InterMoor chief engineer. "InterMoor looks forward to extending this remarkable technology to the Gulf of Mexico and other US waters."