The placement of the cranes, the J-Lay tower and other installation equipment, as well as the structural quality of the hull and thrusters, are well suited for the Arctic.
Next steps--to be executed this summer--will be the order of long-lead-time items, such as the cranes and J-lay tower.
The mammoth J-Lay tower
, which was built on the Tees, is bigger than the Tyne Bridge.
By utilizing successfully tested technology and allowing room for improvement and research development, Saipem has produced the largest J-Lay tower in the offshore industry and has combined it with a fully upgraded DP vessel.
Weighing in excess of 6,000 metric tons, the J-Lay tower incorporates three conventional track-type tensioners, two working stations and a friction clamp system as well as an abandonment and recovery station.
The tower is connected to an A-frame positioned on the upper deck by means of an adjuster system, which locates the 130-meter long J-Lay tower between 90 and 115 degrees and locks the tower in position at a 90-degree angle for the transit and/or survival mode.
CHALLENGE: Manager Toby Bailey MONUMENTAL: Massive J-Lay Tower
ready to ship out, above and right
IHC Engineering Business Ltd (EB) is preparing for delivery of a J-Lay tower for oil and gas installation contractor Saipem.
This month the J-Lay tower for Saipem will leave its manufacturing location on Teesside for the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in Korea where it will be installed on a newly built pipelay vessel.
BIG DEAL The J-Lay Tower, under construction for Saipem
A 64m high state-of-the-art J-Lay tower
is being produced for Saipem to be installed on a new vessel for the oil and gas giant, which will lay large pipes in deep water.
It entails building a 2,000-tonne J-Lay tower
to lay pipelines in deep water.