First Subsea to supply relatchable bend stiffener connector for Gina Krog FSO

Offshore staff

LANCASTER, UK – First Subsea is to supply a relatchable bend stiffener connector to NOV Completion & Production Solutions for a flexible production riser at Statoil’s Gina Krog turret-moored FSO in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.

The API 17L-1 compliant, Type II bend stiffener connector (BSC) comprises a ball and taper connector attached to a bend stiffener, which is pulled into a pre-machined, compact J-tube built into the turret. During pull-in the end fitting is fixed to the male BSC, and once locked into the receptacle, the end fitting is detached, allowing the end fitting and 9-in. production riser to slide up into the J-tube.

The Type II connector is self-energizing, self-aligning, and features First Subsea’s Automatic Release Clamp enabling both diverless and ROVless riser and umbilical connections.

For the Gina Krog project, the Type II connector also features a Re-Connect System allowing the end fitting to be delatched and the riser uninstalled and reconnected as necessary.


First Subsea Relatchable bend stiffener
Relatchable bend stiffener for Gina Krog FSO. (Photo courtesy First Subsea)

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