Balmoral Comtec Ltd - Balmoral Offshore Engineering

Balmoral Park
Loirston
Aberdeen,  AB12 3GY

United Kingdom
1-122-485-9000
http://www.balmoraloffshore.com
  • Booth: 1339


Providing services from concept thru manufacturing & testing

We have been innovating subsea buoyancy, insulation and elastomer products since the 1980s. Our hugely experienced engineering team will work with you to provide value-added solutions for your project.


 Press Releases

  • Balmoral’s new $26m subsea test centre in Aberdeen offers a range of procedures including hydrostatic, mechanical and laboratory trials. The facility provides a fully comprehensive resource for buoyancy, insulation and polyurethane product testing – from concept through development and deployment.

    New and upgraded vessels and procedures are in place offering independent testing for all types of subsea equipment to depths of 10,000msw, 32,808ftsw, equivalent.

    Bespoke software has been written to allow full test traceability and real time observation from anywhere in the world.

    Derek Weir, GM at the centre, said: “The establishment of Europe’s leading commercially available hyperbaric test centre in Aberdeen strengthens the city’s position as a centre of excellence for the global subsea, renewables and oceanographic industries.

    “With industry demanding ever-increasing product testing we are pleased to offer additional capacity for ‘open access’ third party testing.

  • Balmoral Offshore Engineering has launched a new product for the SURF sector which it claims will reduce current installation times by up to 80%.

    The company has extended its range of polyurethane bend restrictors to include a boltless version (patent pending) in response to industry demands for project cost savings and as part of a wider product improvement drive.

    Designed as interlocking elements, restrictors prevent over-bending at the interface between flowlines, umbilicals, cables and rigid structures such as wellhead connections, J-tube exits, rigid pipe crossovers and PLET connections by mechanically locking up.

    Although there are products on the market that claim to be boltless, none of them actually are. Balmoral’s intent, therefore, was to create a solution that provides a practical boltless solution that fully addresses the shortcomings of existing products.

    The new boltless restrictor is capable of:

    • rapid assembly to minimise installation times
    • performing on flying leads, umbilicals, risers and flowlines
    • enduring long-term loading conditions
    • enduring hot, wet conditions
    • managing large bending loads

    The company’s engineering and projects director, Fraser Milne, who will be on the company’s booth at OTC, said: “It’s vital that new products address the issues raised by those using them. In the case of our boltless restrictor, industry-leading performance is retained while offering significantly reduced installation time and costs.

    “In other words we have achieved bolted restrictor performance with boltless simplicity. Value can often be added by taking something away.

    “The interlocking feature of angled male and female fins takes full advantage of the polyurethane material properties. This connection secures the two bend restrictor halves whilst minimising the effect of stress raisers. This, in turn, optimises the load capacity of the design.”

    He concludes: “Our R&D team is tasked with the development of products in support of client requirements as they operate within increasingly extreme environments and expectations. We have made significant improvements across our subsea portfolio in terms of manufacturing processes and product robustness which lead to cost efficiencies.”

    To ensure the new restrictor’s suitability for global deployment, Balmoral adheres to independently approved design methodologies that are fully compliant to API 17L 1&2, while materials selected for the production process are also certified to API 17L 1&2.

    ENDS


 Products

  • Drill riser buoyancy modules
    Drill riser buoyancy provides lift while reducing the submerged weight of the riser joints. This helps to minimise top tension and prevent stress in the riser while reducing loadings during deployment/retrieval of the blow-out preventer (BOP) stack....

  • Drilling risers extend from the BOP to the drilling vessel with their primary function being the provision of fluid communications between the well and the drilling vessel while supporting the choke, kill and auxiliary lines. The riser is also used to guide tools into the well and serves as a running/retrieving string for the BOP.

  • Distributed buoyancy modules
    Flexible pipe and umbilical lines require the use of buoyancy modules to reduce topside or tension loads to achieve particular configurations which include lazy, steep, pliant and W-wave....

  • BOE distributed buoyancy modules generally consist of an internal clamping system and syntactic foam buoyancy elements. The buoyancy elements are supplied in two halves incorporating a moulded internal recess that is configured to transfer the forces from the buoyancy to the clamp and subsequently the riser. This recess also accommodates bending of the riser during service. The internal clamping system is fixed to the pipe and the two half modules are fastened around the clamp.

    Accredited by Bureau Veritas (BV) to API 17L standards.

  • Bend stiffeners
    Bend stiffeners are used to support flexible pipe, umbilicals & cables when connected to rigid structures or FPSO where there is a need to control the bend radius of the pipe. They are usually attached at the topside or seabed connection....

  • In dynamic applications bend stiffeners require to have sufficient fatigue resistance to control the in-service bend radii and sustain the cyclic loads to the end of the specified life whereas in static applications they protect against gross over-bending.

    Stiffeners are typically conically shaped polyurethane mouldings with a cylindrical bore that slips over the pipe, umbilical or cable.

    Balmoral bend stiffeners are designed in accordance with API 17J Appendix B using specifically formulated polyurethane materials and are engineered to suit specific operational parameters.

    Accredited by Bureau Veritas (BV) to API 17L standards.


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