The system will continuously transfer LNG gas from an offshore LNG production facility to a permanently moored floating storage unit (FSU).
CRP Subsea’s bend stiffeners will protect the flexible pipes to and from the IQuay system, providing additional stiffness and preventing them from over bending at the termination points. This should lead to increased operational uptime even in periods of bad weather.
The bend stiffeners will be installed when the IQuay F-Class is deployed later this year.
A bend stiffener is used to protect flexible pipelines, umbilicals or cables. According to CRP Subsea, it does this by
- A) Ensuring the flexible pipe does not bend beyond the manufacturer's targeted minimum bend radius during the life of the project, optimizing the fatigue performance of the flexible pipe;
- B) Providing an appropriate load path from the flexible pipe to the fixed structure; and
- C) Reducing point loading at the termination point.