Technip commissions cranes for flexible flowlines

Offshore staff

SCHIEDAM, the Netherlands – Technip has contracted Huisman for a 500-metric ton (551-ton) yard crane and a 150-metric ton (165-ton) Flexlay system.

Both will be designed and constructed at Huisman facilities in the Netherlands and the Czech Republic.

Previously, Huisman delivered installation equipment for Technip’s deepwater pipelay and subsea construction vessel Deep Blue.

The fully revolving yard crane will be the third of this type built by Huisman, and will be installed, commissioned, and tested at Technip’s Flexi France facility in northern France in mid-2013.

Features include an electric variable frequency drive system, a low overall construction weight and a small minimum operating radius. All the major equipment, such as hoist winches, is installed inside the enclosed crane house. The result, Huisman claims is low power consumption, lower operational costs and maximum operability.

The Flexlay system, due to be delivered end-2013, will be used for installation of flexible pipelines. The system can be separated into two modules, simplifying installation onboard the vessel.

It will feature two open-able and retractable 75-metric ton (82-ton) tensioners which for installation of components such as umbilicals, risers and flowlines. Its deepwater lowering function allows for installation in up to 3,000 m (9,842 ft) of water.


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