A UK deepwater company has been awarded a contract to supply mooring connectors for the Jack and St Malo semi-submersible floating production unit (FPU), which is located in the Gulf of Mexico.
First Subsea was handed the work by Chevron and the FPU is to be moored by 16 Ballgrab ball-and-taper mooring connectors.
These items will be set out in a four-by-four arrangement and attached to polyester mooring lines.
The work is to take place in water with depths of around 2,133-metres, situated approximately 280 miles south of New Orleans.
First Subsea confirmed the Ballgrab III male connectors will be the largest ever produced and will weigh around 2,599 metric tonnes and comply with the new ABS Mooring Guide 2009.
The company - which was the first to develop and deploy taper-based mooring technology - is looking to expand its operations in marine energy moorings and handling solutions for wind, wave and tidal devices.
Posted by Nick Hester