ALE has announced the award of a major steel catenary riser (SCR) and umbilical pull-in contract by Subsea 7 USA. The scope of work included in this contract is for engineering, procurement, fabrication and offshore pull-in operations.
ALE will start the engineering phase of this project immediately with offshore operations to follow in the first quarter of 2020.
The contracted offshore SCR and umbilical pull-in operations will be performed at Mississippi Canyon (MC), on an existing production facility located south of New Orleans, LA in approximately 1,900m of water. ALE will utilise their global expertise in heavylifting to provide Subsea 7 and their client with a unique and lightweight equipment solution to pull dynamic loads topping 335t.
ALE is pulling from the extensive knowledge and experience gained through lifting some of the world’s heaviest Oil and Gas assets to develop a safer, less costly, and 100% redundant process for performing high-load riser and umbilical pull-in operations. Although ALE has the capabilities to offer 800t socket passing linear winches, or 500t chain jacking systems, the solution offered for this project has the ability to alter how high-load SCR pull-in operations could be performed moving forward.
Heath Jones, ALE VP Sales (Offshore), said: “Being awarded this project by Subsea 7 demonstrates the depth of knowledge and competencies held by the team within ALE Offshore Services. As with most SCR and umbilical pull-in project scopes, we were faced with the limits of space, equipment weights vs. operational capabilities, contingencies and redundancies, and most importantly the health and safety of every person and the environment.
“The challenge that ALE was presented with was to deliver solutions that would truly offer tangible benefits to every part of the project where we were involved, and we did just that. We look forward to the successful execution of this project and continuing to offer better solutions to the global Oil & Gas industry. Smarter, Safer, Stronger is what we say, and it’s undoubtably what we deliver.”