FES International designs bend stiffner connectors for Angolan FPSO

offshore-johnson-flickrFES International's DBSCs will be built on the FPSO offshore Angola. (Image source: Johnson/Flickr) FES International has completed a US$4mn project to design and manufacture diverless bend stiffner connectors for CLOV’s floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit offshore Angola

FES International provides fluid transfer systems and will provide the 19 diverless bend stiffner conductors (DBSCs) for NOV/Subsea 7 located on Block 17, the UK-based firm said in a statement. The project was formed as part of preparations for drilling at CLOV, which commenced in 2012. Oil production commenced early 2014.

FES International stated that latching mechanisms on the DBSCs have been tailored and manufactured to fit CLOV project specifications. The solution provided an automatic intervention which offers safer and more reliable connections, added officials.

Rob Anderson, MD of FES International, said, “We’ve a long-standing relationship with NOV and this is a great example of us delivering yet another smooth and successful project. We know one solution doesn’t fit all and this underlines our commitment to designing flexible solutions to suit the needs of different projects,” added Anderson.

CLOV is a four-field cluster (Cravo, Lirio, Orquidea and Violeta) on the northwest sector of Angola’s deep offshore Block 17. The four fields were all discovered over a five-year period starting in 1998. The CLOV FPSO unit produced 160,000 bpd and connects 34 subsea wells to the unit.

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