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Aviat Gas Field in the North Sea

Sectors: Oil and Gas
Applications: Securing a production riser

Summary: Lindapter Girder Clamps provided a solution for securing a production riser.

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Location: Central North Sea
Product: Type AF Girder Clamp
Market: Oil & Gas
Client: Apache North Sea Ltd

Project Background
Aviat is a shallow gas field located in Block 22/7A of the North Sea which is being developed by Apache. The gas field will provide a reliable cost effective source of fuel to the Forties Alpha platform, in order to support maximisation of its production and maintain low operating costs, through to end of field life beyond 2030.

Client Requirement

The Apache structural design engineers were tasked with finding a robust connection to secure a production riser to the base support frame which would be more than 100m below sea-level. The connection needed to withstand high loads and outlive the production riser, while providing a quick way for the divers to install when wearing thick gloves underwater.

Corrosion resistance and fatigue life were important as the connection needed to be able to support high loads and deal with wave action for over 15 years.


Design Solution
Various conventional connections were evaluated and some were immediately rejected because the exact position of the joint was unknown whereas the adjustable Lindapter clamping systems prevented this from being a problem. The Apache engineers contacted Lindapter’s technical team and took advantage of the free connection design service. They quickly received a connection detail drawing proposing heavy duty M24 Type AF Girder Clamps, which are manufactured from SG iron with a hot dip galvanized coating as standard.

Installation
During installation, the subsea diving engineers benefited from the lateral adjustability of the Type AF which allowed the framework to be quickly positioned and tightened using just simple hand tools. The divers found installing the girder clamps quick and easy even with thick gloves underwater.

Result
Lindapter Type AF Girder Clamps provided the tensile and slip resistance that was required for the loads anticipated during the life of the production riser. The solution simplified the design issues, installation process and operational activities for improvements in long term reliability, such as a reduced need for inspection and maintenance. The guaranteed safe working loads and superior corrosion resistance both contributed to a successful subsea installation.

Key Benefits
• High slip resistance for tensile and frictional loads
• Fully adjustable onsite for easy installation
• No drilling or welding required
• Hot Dipped Galvanised finish offers a cost effective and low maintenance solution

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