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Protea delivers 23rd BOP handling system

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Oilfield Technology,

Over the last 15 years, Protea has successfully delivered a wide range of BOP handling equipment to global offshore drilling contractors and very recently Protea delivered its 23rd BOP handling system which at the time was Falcon Energy Group Limited.

The system, comprising of two single girder overhead cranes (each with a safe working load of 100 t), successfully completed its Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) at Protea’s state of the art production facility in Kluczbork, Southern Poland.

The equipment will be shipped to the Keppel FELS shipyard in Singapore for installation on the ‘Falcon’ jack-up.

“This was a challenging project as we had to meet a very tight weight constraint whilst meeting the requirements of the relevant ABS design codes.

This required significant structural analysis during the design phase and the use of high grade materials including forged materials during the fabrication process.

The other challenge was simultaneous operation in cases when crane is fully hydraulic powered and controlled. The design has now been fully certified by ABS. In addition our 100 t chain hoist trolley units have been awarded the ABS PDA ‘Type Approval’ certificate which is valid for 5 years” - commented Dawid Kurdys of Protea Project Management.

The package also included a 120 t capacity BOP skid, which is used to move the BOP between the storage area and the service area, using hydraulic cylinders and skid claw mechanism.

Following delivery to Singapore, the BOP handling system will be installed by Protea’s commissioning team using its extensive experience gained while working at a number of shipyards and offshore rigs including those in the UK, Norway, Singapore, Australia, Malaysia, China and Korea.

Tomasz Paszkiewicz, Protea’s Managing Director added that “Although this is our 23rd BOP handling system, this is the first unit we have delivered that is based on chain hoists and for installation on a Jack-up rig. We believe it is a major step forward and showcases our full range of capabilities from design and manufacture, through to testing and installation” 

Adapted from a press release by David Bizley

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