Unique Seaflex, a Unique Maritime Group company which is one of the world’s leading integrated turnkey subsea and offshore solution providers has facilitated one of the most complex underwater lift projects. The project was carried out for Lundin Tunisia BV in approximately 300m of water.

Lundin Tunisia BV is a 40% stakeholder in and operator of the Oudna field 80km offshore Tunisia.

Abandoned by Shell in the mid-80s when relatively small discoveries in relatively deep water were still considered unviable due to lack of pipeline infrastructure, with the advent of the FPSO came a new way to make such fields viable. Oudna was accordingly de-mothballed a decade or so ago, and serviced until recently by the FPSO Ikdam.

At end of the field’s viable lifecycle, the problem arose of how best to decommission the FPSO – and in particular how to take care of the delicate operation of disconnecting several hundred tons’ worth of moorings without incident.

After a series of technical discussions between Lundin and Unique Seaflex, it was determined that a combination of 41 different-sized parachute-style Air Lift Bags (ALBs) up to 50t in size were needed to be installed on the moorings to reduce their tension to a manageable level. The deck-mounted linear winch was rated to 450t, but because the three mooring anchors were extremely well embedded in the sandy seabed, the effective tension on the chafe chain would have increased by an estimated 1.5 to 2 times the original 400t.

The use of Unique Seaflex ALBs allowed the deck-mounted linear winch to pull on the chafe chain so as to slacken the connection to the Ikdam deck hook. The connecting shaft was then pulled out from the wren hook and by doing so, freed the chafe chain thus allowing the mooring system to gently be lowered on a wire, thereby de-tensioning the system. Once released, the chafe chain was transferred to a nearby AHTV which held the de-tensioned mooring system whilst the Ikdam FPSO disconnected.

Along with the fleet of ALBs, Unique Seaflex also supplied all the heavy duty shackles and lifting slings as well as an air inflation/deflation system and a topside technician to oversee the operation and ensure the safest and most efficient use of the package of equipment.

Commenting on this occasion, Graham Brading, Managing Director @ Unique Seaflex who was instrumental in leading the Unique Seaflex effort on this project proudly said, “Whilst we do supply standard buoyancy products to solve standard buoyancy problems, Unique Seaflex is always dedicated to bring out world-class solutions when clients describe their operational challenges and ask us to work with them to develop methods which will deliver them the best possible technical, operational and commercial outcome.”

Additional Coverage:

1. Zawya [January 29th, 2014]

2. Offshore [January 30th, 2014]

3. Upstream Online [January 29th, 2014]

4. Marine Link [January 29th, 2014]

5. Subsea World News [January 29th, 2014]

6. EIN News Desk [January 30th, 2014]

7. Oil Review Africa [January 30th, 2014]

8. Worldwide Oil & Gas [January 29th, 2014]

9. Your Subsea News [January 29th, 2014]

10. Your Industry News [January 29th, 2014]

11. Your Oil & Gas News [January 29th, 2014]

12. Your Production News [January 29th, 2014]

13. Your Gulf Oil News [January 29th, 2014]

14. African Oil & Gas News

15. Energy Mix Report

16. Ogilvie [January 29th, 2014]

17. Maritime Global News

18. News Now

19. Sea Discovery [January 29th, 2014]

20. Regator

21. Marine Technology News [January 29th, 2014]

22. Caspian Explorer

23. Maritime Business Consultants [January 29th, 2014]

24. World Maritime News [January 29th, 2014]

25. Marine Log [January 29th, 2014]

26. Subsea World News Newsletter

27. MTR E-News

28. Al Markeb Newsletter

29. Your Industry News Tweet

30. Offshore Source

31. Petroleum Africa [January 30th, 2014]

32. Pipeline [January 29th, 2014]

33. Pipeline Newsletter

34.Ship And Offshore Repair Journal [February/March 2014]

35. Maritime Trade Intelligence [January 29th, 2014]

36. Maasmond Maritime Shipping News Clippings

37. Marine Science & Technology [January 29th, 2014]

38. Info Marine

39. The Maritime Executive [January 29th, 2014]

40. Offshore World [December 2013 – January 2014]

41. Your Industry News Weekly Newsletter

42. ECO Magazine [March 2014]

43. Ocean News & Technology Magazine [March 2014]

44. Oil Review Africa [Issue One]

45. UCi Magazine [March/April 2014]

We have a dedicated team of local experts around the world working to ensure that all you project needs are met
Connect with Technical Support

Speak with one of our trained specialists today.