Lankhorst Ropes awarded Aasta Hansteen Spar mooring contract
SNEEK, The Netherlands -- Offshore rope manufacturer Lankhorst Ropes has been awarded a contract by HHITECH (Hyundai Heavy Industries and Technip USA consortium) to supply the mooring lines for Statoil’s Aasta Hansteen Spar platform, to be located in the Norwegian Sea. It is the largest single order for deepwater mooring ropes, and believed to be the largest-ever order in the global synthetic fiber rope industry.
At the Aasta Hansteen field, approximately 300 km west of Bodø, the platform will be moored with 17 polyester mooring lines in groups of six, five and six lines, at a water depth of approximately 1,300 m. Lankhorst Ropes is supplying 36 rope lengths, totaling over 43,000 m of Lankhorst’s Gama 98 polyester deepwater mooring rope.
Integral with the rope construction is a cut-resistant jacket (based on Dyneema fiber) developed by Lankhorst Ropes, to meet Statoil’s requirements to minimize potential damage of trawl wire impact.
The Gama 98 ropes will be manufactured at Lankhorst’s factory, dedicated to the production of offshore mooring systems, in Viana do Castelo, Portugal. Delivery is scheduled for first-quarter 2015.
The Aasta Hansteen Spar platform will be the first spar in Norwegian waters, the first spar concept chosen by Statoil, and the largest ever built, with a total hull length of 198 m.
Aasta Hansteen is a greenfield development, and will host tiebacks from the Aasta Hansteen, Haklang and Snefrid South fields. Statoil serves as the operator, holding a 75% interest; OMV holds 15% and ConocoPhillips holds the remaining 10% interest.