Halifax, Nova Scotia, January 15, 2013 _ Welaptega Marine has been awarded a mooring inspection and “fitness for purpose evaluation” on Dhirubhai-1 floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) facility located in the Bay of Bengal, off the eastern coast of India.
The client is Aker Floating Production.
“This is a comprehensive fitness for purpose evaluation of the facility’s mooring system,” said Tony Hall, CEO of Welaptega.
A team of specialist engineers will deploy Welaptega’s suite of visualization and inspection technologies including the High-Definition 3D Video (HD3DV), 3D Modeling (3DM), Opticial Chain Measurement System (CMS), Subsea Chain Measurement Caliper and the Rope Measurement System (RMS).
“The offshore oil and gas industry is moving towards a realization that spot checks on moorings do not provide enough data on critical failure points. This is why we need comprehensive mooring inspections like this one.”
Welaptega will work with offshore engineering firm BPP-TECHin the UK to establish the Fitness for Purpose Evaluation using data on operational history, met-ocean conditions, design, installation and maintenance of the mooring spread.
The inspection of the FPSO’s mooring system is a rolling annual program in which three mooring lines will be inspected on the facility in each year.
FPSO Dhirubhai-1 is a converted oil tanker operating at 1200m water depth with a production capacity of 60,000 bpd. It is on contract to Reliance Industries Ltd. until 2018.
Welaptega Marine is a DNV, Lloyds Register and ABS approved service provider with a 15-year history of providing high quality, repeatable in-service inspection services on permanently installed mooring systems for clients in the UK, Norway, US, West Africa and Australia.