Lankhorst to supply Libra FPSO mooring ropes

Offshore staff

SNEEK, the NetherlandsOOGTK Libra has contracted Lankhorst Euronete Brasil to supply the polyester mooring ropes for the Libra oil field FPSO in the Santos basin, 143 mi (230 km) from the coast of Rio de Janeiro.

The FPSO will be moored in 7,900 ft (2,400 m) of water depth via an external cantilever turret comprising nine mooring lines, arranged in three groups of three mooring lines (3 x 3 clusters).

Each mooring line will consist of a 4,000-m (13,123-ft) long hybrid chain-fiber rope-chain line. In total Lankhorst is supplying 58,800 m (192,913 ft) of Cabral 512 Deep Water polyester mooring rope with a minimum breaking strength of 12,300 kN.

The mooring arrangement is designed as a taut catenary system, where each mooring line is connected to the FPSO via a chain stopper at its upper end, and to a torpedo pile through a pile shackle at the lower end.

The FPSO Pioneiro de Libra’s will be able to produce 50,000 b/d of oil and to provide 4 MMcm/d (140 MMcf/d) of gas injection.


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