Lankhorst ropes to keep Energean Power FPSO in place

The Energean Power FPSO, being built for Energean’s gas fields offshore Israel, will be the first such unit in the region permanently moored by fiber ropes.

Mooring rope specialist Lankhorst Offshore has this week said it has won a contract by TechnipFMC to supply the mooring lines for the ‘Energean Power’ at the Karish and Tanin gas fields, located in the eastern Mediterranean, approximately 90km offshore Israel.

Energean will use the FPSO to process the reservoir fluids and export sales gas from these fields to the shore of Israel via a 90km pipeline.

According to Lankhorst Ropes, the FPSO will be spread moored using 14 mooring lines arranged in 2×4 and 2×3 clusters at 1750m water depth.

Lankhorst is supplying 28 rope lengths, arranged in two segments per line, totaling 43,400m of Cabral 512 deepwater mooring rope with a minimum breaking strength of 12,400 kN. Each mooring line will comprise a chain top segment, polyester rope middle segment and chain bottom segment, connected to a suction pile anchor.

“Manufactured from high-efficiency sub-rope cores laid parallel within an outer braided jacket, each sub-rope is monitored during rope manufacture to ensure all sub-ropes have equal tension and length,” Lankhorst said in a statement.

The Cabral 512 ropes will be manufactured at Lankhorst Offshore’s factory, dedicated to the production of offshore mooring systems, in Paredes, Portugal.

“The ‘Energean Power’ FPSO will be the first permanently fiber rope moored offshore facility in the Mediterranean. We are delighted to be awarded the mooring lines contract for this prestigious project,” says Neil Schulz, sales director, Lankhorst Offshore.

The Karish and Tanin development was sanctioned in March 2018. Energean has contracted TechnipFMC under a turnkey, lump sum EPCIC contract to provide the full suite of FPSO and SURF services during the construction phase and TechnipFMC has subcontracted COSCO to provide the FPSO hull.

The first steel was cut at the COSCO yard in Zhoushan, China, on November 26, 2018. Hull completion is expected to take 12 months. The hull will then travel to the Sembcorp Admiralty Yard in Singapore for installation of the Siemens-built topsides. Energean expects the FPSO to sail away from Singapore in late 2020 ahead of first gas in 2021.


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