SSTB 2016: Aker vertical connection qualified

Offshore staff

SAN ANTONIO, Texas At the Subsea Tieback Conference & Exhibition, officials in the Aker Solutions booth discussed with Offshore the company’s 22-in. vertical connection system (VCS).

The company worked with multiple operators and installers when it qualified the product in-house, an Aker Solutions official said.

The company said that industry demands associated with accessing fields in deeper waters; higher operating temperatures and pressures; have created challenges. These new connectors, which come in both horizontal and vertical systems, were designed to be lighter, easier to install, and aim to be more cost-effective, according to Aker Solutions.

The VCS was designed with large-scale gas and gas condensate plays in mind, as they drive up the size of the pipelines. Larger developments drive up the size of pipelines, and in turn, connectors and other associated products. The company said that key regions include East Africa or Asia/Pacific, but it was capable in operating in other areas.

Aker Solutions’ expert also said that its horizontal connection system has worked in Åsgard and Ichthys. The company recently booked an order for its 16-in. VCS with Technip and Heerema for a project in West Africa.


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