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Trelleborg talks floatover developments at OTC Houston

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Today, as offshore topsides become heavier and more oil reserves are identified in harder to reach locations, innovative solutions are needed to ensure effective oil and gas extraction. As a result, floatover installations are experiencing an upturn, rather than traditional heavy crane lifting. JP Chia, Engineering Manager and floatover specialist for Trelleborg’s engineered products operation, will be on stand at OTC Houston to discuss this trend, share market insights and answer any questions.

An active, global industry expert since the technology was introduced in the early 2000s, Chia has compiled his first hand experiences in a new whitepaper – The Floatover Forecast. He recounts lessons learned, changes in technologies and materials, as well as trials and errors that have contributed to developments in the field.

JP Chia, said:

“Supported by statistics from a current research paper, our whitepaper details just how far the offshore industry has come in three decades of floatover developments, and how much further they can advance as oil companies utilise the technology in far-off locations. Visitors can get their copy of the whitepaper from our stand, number 5541 (hall A).”

As oil and gas exploration continues to become more sophisticated year-on-year, and technology develops, the effectiveness of extraction will improve. However, as floatover installations become more popular, it is crucial that the industry ensures that projects are implemented safely and efficiently from beginning to end.

Chia continued:

“Our whitepaper will help owners, operators, EPC contractors and consultants to confidently keep up to speed with the world of floatover installations.”

Available to view on stand, Trelleborg’s leg mating units consist of steel structures incorporating engineered elastomeric pads. They make a floatover transition possible by damping the forces created as the topside’s load is transferred to the jacket. The elastomeric pads are designed to take up the static and dynamic forces of the topside structure, as well as the horizontal forces due to open sea motions during the float-over mating operation. The assembled LMU can be installed either on the topsides or jacket.

Adapted from a press release by Louise Mulhall

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