MCE Deepwater Development 2017
GMC submits paper to MCEDD 2017.
Pending approval, GMC plans to present a paper on our recent Caisson replacement solution.
Abstract: Innovation in Caisson Replacements in the North Sea: Reducing installation time and costs.
“Earlier this year, GMC Limited installed its first caisson replacements in the North Sea; with a further two fabricated caissons completed and ready to be installed later this year.
The TSA coated 30” OD diameter caisson were installed in nine (9) sections using eight (8) sets of GMC’s high fatigue non-rotational caisson connectors. All connections were made up quickly and efficiently first time.
GMC’s handling and installation methodology greatly reduces the installation time over convention installation methods. GMC provided sufficient handling tools to ensure continuous operations were maintained throughout, there by, eliminating delays normally associated in handling caisson operations.
A first for GMC in the UK, this project demonstrates the company’s competence in providing a complete fabricated caisson with connectors, dead weight support, and guide nose cone, all fabricated and coated to the Clients requirements; as well as, the mobilisation of tools and competent personnel to carry out the critical “make up” operation in connecting the caisson sections safely and efficiently, together in a minimal time.
The GMC solution eliminates the need for offshore welding of caissons and provides the Client with a safe and efficient fabrication and installation service that delivers considerable cost savings to the Client, whilst also extending the life of aging assets.”