Stork Technical hot bolt clamp wins SPE Innovator award
ABERDEEN -- Stork Technical Services has won the ‘The Innovator’ accolade at this year’s SPE Offshore Achievement Awards for its industry-first hot bolt clamp technology.
The Innovator award honors excellence in innovative technological solutions developed in the UK for the offshore energy sector. Stork was presented with the award March 21st at the 27th SPE Offshore Achievement Awards annual ceremony held at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Center in the UK.
Stork’s onsite machining and bolting team, led by general manager, Pete Sheves, developed the technology in direct response to safety concerns raised by Operators relating to instances of uncontrolled pressure releases due to stud failures and future potential releases due to severe stud corrosion.
The system enables the safe removal and replacement of corroded bolts on live flanged connections that have eight bolts or less, with no disruption to ongoing production. This removes the activity from planned or unplanned shutdown programs thereby reducing downtime / shutdown, the ancillary services required (e.g. nitrogen purging) and the associated demands for additional bed space to cover the shutdown activities.
The technology allows an Operator to eliminate an identified threat of pressurized release almost instantly and improves the safety for offshore operatives and the asset as a whole by reducing the likelihood of hydrocarbon releases which can have a devastating impact offshore.