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Flowline Specialists completes regional subsea project

by Indrajit Sen on Nov 26, 2017


Flowline Specialists' 300Te hub drive and 15Te tensioner ahead of the Middle East project commencing.
Flowline Specialists' 300Te hub drive and 15Te tensioner ahead of the Middle East project commencing.

Flowline Specialists FZE, has recently completed work on a major subsea umbilical, riser and flexible (SURF) lay project in the Middle East, the oilfield services provider has announced, without naming the project or the operator.

The Dubai-based unit of the Scottish company, which designs, engineers and manufactures a cable handling and deployment equipment, was contracted to assist in laying various flexible flowlines, umbilicals and cables from reels of varying size and weight.

Four pieces of equipment from the firm’s portfolio made up the lay spread for this offshore project. This included a 300Te modular hub drive system, a 75Te shaft drive spooler, a 15Te twin-track tensioner and a three-pair linear cable engine. The 300Te hub drive was fitted with a rail system to allow multi-reel deployment, in turn increasing project efficiency.

Overall project planning and operations for the Middle East SURF project were managed from Flowline Specialists FZE’s Dubai office by group operations manager Graeme Chalmers, with support from the firm’s UK-based engineering and operations teams. Equipment for the nine-month project was mobilised from the firm’s UK and UAE bases.

Commenting on the project, Chalmers was quoted as saying in a press release: “Flowline Specialists FZE is very proud to have been involved in this major subsea project. It not only demonstrated the capabilities of some of our extensive equipment range, but also the expertise of our engineering and operations teams.

Six technicians from Flowline Specialists FZE were on-hand for the project’s duration to operate the equipment and assist with the overall product deployment. They were ‘praised by the client for their professionalism and willingness to assist in any situation to ensure the project was executed safely and timeously’, according to the media statement. The project was completed on-time with zero lost time incidents.

“Over the past five years, we have invested in expanding our product range in order to best serve the needs of our clients around the world. Along with building a robust equipment range, we have established a knowledgeable, technically capable and client-focussed workforce. It is very satisfying to see that recognised by clients, who provide extremely positive comments praising the professionalism and can-do attitude of our experienced team.”

All of Flowline Specialists FZE’s equipment is modular in design, making it road-mobile and container compatible, allowing for swift deployment worldwide. In addition to the subsea industry, Flowline’s equipment is flexible enough to be used in other upstream applications, marine renewable and decommissioning sectors.


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