With extensive experience in managing challenging lifting operations, Axess offers fully integrated solutions to flare tip replacements. Our objective is to carry out the flare tip replacement with the utmost focus on safety, while minimizing the execution time and cost.
We understand the unique context and constraints of such critical operations and will advise our clients on solutions that best suit each specific case, be it a helicopter assisted or a mechanical solution.
Axess is the single company in the world that provides flare tip replacements both by helicopter and by mechanical lifting solution. Axess is therefore the only company that can provide an impartial advice on the preferable replacement method to be used, considering our client’s and site’s requirements.
Making use of innovative design, light-weight and exceptionally strong lifting appliances, Axess can reach where conventional cranes have difficulty getting access, for instance on flare tip platforms.
Axess offers an autonomous and safe flare tip handling method by the use of various mechanical operated lifting appliances. Constructed from lightweight and high-grade aluminum, these are operated by winches from the main deck level. The solutions are suited for fixed platforms and floaters, FPSO (Floating production storage and offloading)/ semi-submersible rigs / FSO (Floating Storage and Offloading) / TLP (Tension Leg Platform).
Each project starts with an extensive engineering phase in which all phases of the lift are analysed, and the forces involved are calculated. The detailed engineering package consists of lift plans, method statement, structural calculation report and 3D modelling of a step-by -step execution of the flare tip replacement.
The lifting appliances are of a modular design, based on the project specifics in the engineering phase, the most suitable set-up is selected.
The flare tip can be brought back from the main deck of the asset, or alternatively, directly lifted to a supply vessel. Because we perform the lifting operation from the asset itself, we can exactly calculate what the load will do and take the necessary safety precautions to guide and secure the load at all phases of the process. An additional benefit is that these systems provide a reduced downtime risk, as they allow for a large weather widow for operation. Axess is capable of handling loads ranging from 100 kg to 10 ton.
The execution is performed by a minimal but multi-discipline Axess crew. By combining required competences, we are able to keep bed-space requirements low.
We are not only lowering the old flare tip and lifting the new one, but we have in-depth knowledge of how a flare needs to operate. We offer complimentary services such as structural inspections and repairs or additional installation works of pilot / steam / ignition lines, junction boxes and AWLs (Aircraft Warning Light).