Red Marine develops modular umbilical clamp with FMC
Red Marine has developed a modular umbilical clamp system in conjunction with FMC Technologies.
HEXHAM, UK – Red Marine has developed a modular umbilical clamp system in conjunction with FMC Technologies. The clamp will be commissioned on the Island Performer in the Gulf of Mexico.
The challenge was to develop a clamp to securely hold a new type of subsea umbilical that is compressible, sensitive to the squeeze force applied, and has a low-friction outer sheath.
The solution has six elements, each of which houses a number of spring applied pads to ensure a consistent and reliable clamping force to the umbilical, said Red Marine. The clamp can securely hold the compressible umbilical with in excess of 20 metric tons (22 tons) of back tension.
TheIsland Performerwas purpose built for deepwater well interventions and features FMC’s riserless light well intervention (RLWI) stack which enables it to complete intervention operations in water depths of up to 6,500 ft (1,981 m).