Trelleborg’s offshore operation has been awarded a Pioneering Technologies Award at the 2015 Ocean Star Gala event in Houston, Texas. Trelleborg was chosen due to its significant contribution to drilling technology for marine riser buoyancy and the company now joins a select group of companies in the prestigious Offshore Energy Centre Hall of Fame.
Trelleborg’s manufacturing facility in Houston supplied the first syntactic riser buoyancy modules for use in oil drilling in the Santa Barbara Channel in 1969. For the next decade every new deepwater drilling record was achieved using the company’s buoyancy, as depths reached up to 9000 ft.
Upon receiving the award on behalf of the company, Mark Angus, Executive Vice President for Trelleborg’s offshore operation, said: “To be recognised for our pioneering work in the use of syntactic foam buoyancy in offshore drilling applications is a huge honour for Trelleborg. We were responsible for innovating the use of syntactic foams for marine buoyancy applications and these are still widely used in today’s most demanding offshore drilling applications. We are very proud to be the only syntactic foam buoyancy manufacturer to be invited into the Offshore Energy Centre Hall of Fame.”
Established in 1989, the Offshore Energy Centre is committed to increasing awareness of the energy resources available beneath the world’s oceans and to record the unique heritage and technological accomplishments of the industry that discovers, produces, and delivers these resources.
The Pioneering Technologies Award recognises important technologies and the development of those technologies by individuals, companies, organisations and institutions in the fields of offshore technology. The centre’s Hall of Fame recognises people and technological innovations that stand out in the development of the offshore industry and its resources.
Trelleborg’s marine riser buoyancy technology, specifically termed drill riser buoyancy modules (DRBM), helps to reduce a drilling riser’s net weight in water to ensure that the structure and drilling vessel are properly supported.
Edited from press release by Angharad Lock
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