The contract will see ACE Winches use its 500te reel drive system – an upgrade of its existing 400te system – for the first time. The company’s range of tools has been developed for high tension spooling and the deployment and recovery of subsea products, such as umbilicals, risers and flow lines, flexible pipelines, power cables, telecommunication cables, tubing, wire ropes and mooring lines. It can accommodate a gross weight of 500te.
The CEO of ACE Winches, Alfie Cheyne, said: “We are thrilled to be utilising our new 500te reel drive system for this contract with Oceaneering. As our clients projects continue to venture to even greater depths, we understand the need for this equipment to operate in harsh conditions and as a result, have developed it to ensure we are accommodating the ever growing needs of the oil and gas industry.”
Under the terms of the contract, ACE Winches will spool 4400 m of umbilical, with a diameter of 229 mm on to a 12.2 m reel. The weight of the umbilical is the heaviest that Oceaneering has ever spooled with a total weight of 426te.
ACE Winches updated its existing the 400te reel drive system with an added base frame and packers to allow the 12.2 m reel to be spooled on the quayside.
Chris Waller, Engineering Manager, said: “ACE Winches has invested heavily in the design and manufacture of reel drive systems and we are excited to be expanding our capabilities to allow for 14 m maximum flange diameter and a 500te load.”
The company also provided 10 qualified commissioning engineers and technicians to assemble the ACE 500te reel drive system quayside, before operations commenced. An additional six operating technicians provided 24 hr service to help complete the first phase of spooling.
The patent pending 500te systems involves two towers, which disassemble into eight modules to enable easy transportation. The towers use a slave and master configuration, with two gearboxes in each drive hub.
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