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Sparrows Group and INNOVO collaborate

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Sparrows Group has announced that the company has partnered with INNOVO to provide the offshore industry with the first fully electric-drive flexible cable and pipe lay system for rental.

Pursuant to the agreement INNOVO’s electric drive 700 Te multi-reel drive system will be rented alongside Sparrows Group’s wide range of electric drive tensioners as a fully packaged and managed lay system.

Stewart Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer at Sparrows Group, remarked: “Combining an electric tensioner with an electric reel drive means we can offer the market a uniquely sophisticated system that delivers greater control and therefore better precision and accuracy than traditional hydraulic drive appliances which can dramatically reduce the risk of damage to the product. Both pieces of equipment are fitted with the same control systems, allowing easy system synchronisation which also improves the control of lay operations.”

“Compact in size considering its high capacity, INNOVO’s real drive is one of the most robust systems on the rental market which can be used with multiple reels if required. Combined with our 50 Te tensioner that works in both horizontal and vertical configurations, the system offers customers a high degree of versatility. Over the past 12 months, we have seen a rise in demand for packaged rental solutions as companies try to maximise efficiencies and reduce capex costs. The agreement with INNOVO will see us offer engineering services for the mobilisation, installation and commissioning of any lay system as well as new build design and supply,” continued Mitchell.

Stefano Malagodi, Managing Director of INNOVO, said: “In partnering with the market leader in tensioners we are bringing together a wealth of experience and in-depth knowledge of specialist back deck equipment. The full lay system package is easily delivered anywhere in the world and with our 700 Te reel drive system on its way to Aberdeen just now it will soon be available for immediate mobilisation in the North Sea. Together we will be providing engineering and technical support before and during operations through our qualified offshore technicians. By combining our expertise we will have the capability to offer specialist engineering services such as OrcaFlex analysis, point load seafastening, according to DNV GL, Lloyd’s Register and ABS codes, stability calculations and ship stability reports which all help optimise efficiency and save costs.”

INNOVO is a member of DNV GL’s joint industrial panel for offshore equipment used for the laying and recovery of pipes and cables.

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