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Swan Hunter Start Flex / Cable Lay Equipment Rental Services for Oil & Gas and Offshore Wind Markets

Swan Hunter Start Flex / Cable Lay Equipment Rental Services for Oil & Gas and Offshore Wind Markets

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15 September 2016

Former Tyneside Shipbuilding and Engineering company Swan Hunter, which has over 130 years of shipbuilding tradition is to move into the subsea, oil & gas and renewables sectors, providing specialist offshore installation equipment for the installation of power cables, umbilicals, and flexible pipelines. Swan Hunter will provide a full suite of rental lay equipment for major subsea contractors to utilise in field developments, and are currently working on tenders for projects starting in the first quarter of 2017.

The company is currently undergoing a large internal investment phase primarily focusing on the fabrication of a fully modular basket / reel carousel, offered with outer diameters ranging from 18m to 28m, resulting in storage capacities from 2000Te 7000Te respectively. The modular design of the flagship carousel which includes a Low Profile Circular Grillage, optimises vessel deck space enhancing its suitability for smaller offshore wind installation vessels. The design allows for a single combined lift of the Base Grillage, Turntable, Hub and Drive System. The carousel can also be lifted with 1500Te of product pre-loaded in the basket in the 18m OD configuration. Swan Hunter expects that these unique features will significantly reduce vessel and quayside mobilisation time, offering more efficient offshore construction in this competitive market. Procurement of supplementary equipment is also underway including the design and fabrication of a dedicated loading tower combined with spooling tensioner, and other lay equipment including Reel Drive Systems, Deck Tensioners and Overboarding Chutes.