Gulf of Mexico
Ashington-based FES International, which produces fluid transfer solutions, has recently completed three projects in the Gulf of Mexico, including the supply of equipment to the Santa Cruz field, the Blind Faith 2 Project and to Technip for the Tahiti Vertical Extension (TVEX) project.
All called for the FES Diverless Bend Stiffener Connectors (DBSCs) technology, which has proved a big success for the firm, with over 370 connectors being successfully installed across 54 projects around the world.
The contract for the Santa Cruz field project was awarded by Aker Solutions and involved the supply of a DBSC semi-automatic male latch assembly which will be used by Deep Gulf Energy on the project.
The FES range of DBSCs can be customised to suit specific client needs. For this project, the client’s requirements included a departure angle of three degrees into the DBSC and the provision of a locking device once the DBSC was engaged.
Aker Solutions also awarded the contract for Blind Faith 2, which is the next phase of development for the Blind Faith field aimed at maximising oil recovery.
The work by FES involved the design and manufacture of a bespoke connector, which will be used by Deep Gulf Energy on the project.
This was soon followed by the supply of another DBSC for the TVEX project in the deep-water US Gulf of Mexico.
Managing director of FES International, Rob Anderson, said: “Being awarded three recent projects in the Gulf of Mexico is further recognition that the FES Bend Stiffener Connector is an industry preferred solution.
“Each project had its own unique challenges, which our technical engineers were able to overcome. For example, on the TVEX initiative, the Female half of the Bend Stiffener Connector was installed subsea without diver intervention. Our engineers provided a solution that incorporates a clamp allowing for ROV (remotely operated underwater vehicle) intervention to install the BSC Female subsea.
“We always work closely with our customers to ensure we provide bespoke solutions every time.”