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.