Subcon have recently been awarded two walking mitigation contracts – one for West Africa and one for Asia Pacific and expect more later in 2020 as the technology gains industry acceptance and popularity as an economical, post installed solution.
The client highlighted that “Subcon delivered an excellent product for us on an accelerated schedule. The fabrication and installation went very smoothly and is a credit to the Subcon team and their elegant design of the PCM.”
Centrifuge Testing Update
In addition a number of operators have participated in a joint research project coordinated by subcon and conducted at the University of Western Australia’s Centre for Offshore Foundations (COFS) to investigate PCM performance in a range of soil types.
Shell Chair at COFS, Dr Phil Watson said, “The results have validated the design methodology and the superior performance of the system. The tests run in our large centrifuge facility were very compelling!”. COFS have two centrifuges supported by an extensive team of operators, analysts and fitters who built the robotic test rig and instrumentation in house. You can learn more about the testing on our Walking Mitigationpage.
The large centrifuge was used to replicate soil consolidation and PCM performance in three regions, including Gulf of Mexico and Australia.
Subcon’s Business Development Manager, Jack Francis has led the team delivering the project awards and research. He said, “an exciting outcome of our partnerships with leading design houses has shown the PCM can also be used to deliver significant reductions in the size and cost of expansion spools, PLETs. Designers can specify PCMs to reliably control pipeline end expansion and in doing so, deliver real development cost savings for their clients”.