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Safe and cost-effective flare tip replacement on offshore platforms

Tailored solutions to meet our clients’ needs.


Client: Large Oil & Gas producer in the Middle East
Industry:
Oil & Gas
Assets: 4 fixed platforms
Location: Offshore Qatar
Year: 2020/21

Challenge

Flare systems are an integral part of the safety systems on oil and gas-producing assets. They facilitate the controlled disposal of hydrocarbon-containing material.

Due to operational wear and tear, the flare tips (typically weighing 1 to 4 ton) of four fixed platforms were scheduled to be replaced in two shutdown campaigns.

The client had contracted Axess Group to replace the flare tips consecutively, within a short time frame. It was important for the replacements to be completed as soon as possible since a longer shutdown period would mean a more significant loss in revenue for the client.

As flare tips are located at height, above deck or sea, and out of reach of the assets’ deck cranes, flare tip replacements are complex operations that need to be well-planned to ensure safety and reliability.

Solution

As the production shutdown window was narrow, we decided on the helicopter method together with the client.

“At Axess, we have extensive experience in both helicopter and mechanical methods for replacement of flare tips. We understand that every project can have its constraints, thus, we always make sure to thoroughly assess the situation and advise on a solution that best suits our client,” said Bjørnar Bøe Lundberg, Team Leader at Axess Group.

Typically, prior to such a project execution, Axess will mobilise an experienced Field Engineer to conduct a site survey to assess the details of the site. However, an alternative measure was required due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of a site survey, Axess guided the client’s offshore personnel to collect the required data as part of an extensive desktop study.

Preparing the new flare tip for lifting

(Photo: Preparing the new flare tip for lifting)


The replacement process on each of the four platforms was the same. The team first rigged and prepared the old and new flare tips for lifting. Subsequently, they used a helicopter to lift the old flare tip from the riser and positioned it on the laydown area of the helideck. Finally, the new flare tip was picked up from the platform laydown area and transferred to the flare tip platform for installation.

Helicopter with the new flare tip

(Photo: Helicopter with the new flare tip)

 

Results

Due to excellent preparation, communication and teamwork, the team successfully replaced all four flare tips safely, within time and budget.

“Our global network of engineering experts enables us to provide a wide range of quality services to offshore assets located anywhere in the world. We are delighted to have helped another client with flare tip replacements,” Bjørnar added.

The client’s Campaign & Shutdown Lead said: “Another flare tip replacement completed during this pandemic with all the constraints that we are familiar with. Thanks to the team for the excellent work done.”


If you are interested in flare tip replacement for your offshore assets, please reach out to us.

Contact Information

Molde
Axess AS
Oscar Hanssens vei 5
6415 MOLDE
+47 982 43 600
Aberdeen
Axess North Sea Ltd.
Units 6 & 19 Robert Leonard Centre
Howe Moss Drive, Kirkhill Industrial Estate, Dyce AB21 0GG, UK
(duty): +44(0) 7912212854
St. John's
Axess Baffin Inc.
702 Water Street, Suite 201
St. John's, Newfoundland
+1 709 758 7937
Bergen
Axess AS
Kokstadflaten 35
5257 Bergen
(duty): +47 982 43 600
Houston
Axess North America Inc
825 Town & Country Lane Suite 1200
Houston Tx. 77024
+1 (281) 994-0367
Ciudad del Carmen
Axess Operations De Mexico S de RL de CV
Calle Bosque de Ciruelos 180 PP 101
Colonia Bosque De Las Lomas CP 11700 Cuidad De Mexico
+52 938-152-7688
Stavanger
Axess AS
Koppholen 25, 4313 Sandnes
Stavanger, Norway
(duty): +47 982 43 600
Rio de Janeiro
Axess do Brasil Ltda
Rua Dezenove de Fevereiro
171 - Botafogo
CEP 22280-030 Rio de Janeiro
+55 (21) 4108-0532
Accra
Axess Petrorig Ghana Limited
3rd floor, The Pelican
8 Blohum Street, Dzorwulu, Accra, Ghana
+233 (0) 30 397 0548
Luanda
Axess Luanda
Edificio Joia Rara, 3º Andar 3.5/3.6,
Av. Revolução de Outubro No 8, Cassenda, Maianga
Luanda, Angola
+27 (0) 87 148 4700
Cape Town
Axess Offshore Africa
Building 2, Unit 106, Northgate Park, Brooklyn
Cape Town, 7405 South Africa
+27 82 202 5266
Trondheim
Axess AS
Nedre Bakklandet 58C
7014 Trondheim
(duty): +47 982 43 600
Orkanger
Axess AS
Grønøraveien 1
Orkanger
7300 Orkanger
(duty): +47 41 78 06 30
Oslo
Axess AS
Fridtjof Nansens plass 4
0160 Oslo, Norway
(duty): +47 982 43 600
Busan
Axess Offshore Korea LLC
#103 (Aju-dong Hyunjin Evervil) B1 Yang 1-gil, Geoji-Si
Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea
+82 10 2696 2016
Dubai
Axess Middle East DMCC
807 X2 Tower, X Cluster
Jumeriah Lake Towers Dubai, UAE
+971 4565 7913
Mumbai
Axess AIM India Pvt Ltd
B2-306, 3rd Floor
Kanakia Boomerang,
Chandivali Firm Road
Andheri East, Mumbai- 400072, India
Singapore
Axess Offshore Pte Ltd
Nordic European Centre #05-31 South Wing
3 International Business Park
609927 Singapore
+65 6908 4174
Perth
Axess Offshore Australia Pty Ltd
304 Newcastle St
Perth WA 6000
+61 4 3373 0739
Perth
Axess Offshore Australia Pty Ltd
140 St Georges Terrace L28,
Perth WA 6000
+61 4 3373 0739
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