Thursday, 24 February 2011 09:04
Cavotec’s automated mooring technology, MoorMaster™, has been selected by Australian mining company, Karara Mining Ltd., for use at their dedicated iron ore handling facility at the Port of Geraldton in Western Australia.
“Safety and sea conditions are the two major considerations with this project; issues that MoorMaster™ is uniquely equipped to handle. Cavotec looks forward to working closely with Karara to ensure the successful execution of this project,” says Cavotec CEO, Ottonel Popesco.
Karara Mining Ltd. has ordered 12 MoorMaster™ MM200D units, for use at their dedicated bulk handling facility at the Port of Geraldton to minimise the serious safety risk of mooring lines parting. All MoorMaster™ MM200D units are specially designed for use at bulk terminals.
Situated some 400km north of Perth, the Port of Geraldton is one of Australia's busiest regional ports. The Port has historically been one of Australia's larger grain export ports and today, more than half the port’s exports are generated from minerals and iron ore.
MoorMaster™ is a vacuum-based automated mooring technology that eliminates the need for conventional mooring lines. Remote controlled vacuum pads recessed in, or mounted on, the quayside, moor and release vessels in seconds.
The system offers improved safety, improved operational efficiency and the potential for infrastructure savings.
MoorMaster™ is also in use at two other bulk handling applications in Western Australia. Fourteen MoorMaster™ MM200B units have recently been commissioned at the Port Hedland Port Authority, and Cavotec has recently delivered eight MM200D units to Hamersley Iron Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Anglo-Australian mining group Rio Tinto, for the Dampier Fuel Supply Wharf in the Port of Dampier.
MoorMaster™ is an increasingly accepted and widely adopted technology that has performed more than 40,000 mooring operations, with a 100% safety record, at ferry, bulk handling, Ro-Ro, container and lock applications around the world.
Thursday, 24 February 2011 08:48
Hamworthy has signed a contract with FPSO Owner OSX 1 Leasing B.V., a subsidiary of OSX Brasil S.A., for delivery of its newest generation Vessel Internal Electrostatic Coalescer (VIEC®) technology to the FPSO OSX-1.
Upon completion of customization works currently in progress in Singapore, the FPSO OSX-1 will be delivered by OSX to its customer OGX Petróleo e Gás Ltda. under charter arrangements, for deployment in the Campos basin, offshore Brazil. OSX and OGX are controlled by the EBX Group, owned by Brazilian entrepreneur Eike Batista.
Hamworthy’s VIEC® technology has been designed to address problems often experienced with emulsion and capacity limits in separators. To enhance the speed and efficiency of the separation process, it forces small water droplets to merge and form larger, sediment drops more quickly.
The system will be installed in both the first stage separator and the test separator in order to improve processing of the heavy crude oil on the Waimea Field in the Campos basin.
The delivery also includes Hamworthy’s new iPhase® Water Profiler that measures the oil/water interface and provides accurate measurements of oil in water concentration inside hydrocarbon separators. The iPhase® profiler measures the electrical conductivity of the oil/water mixture surrounding each sensor, avoiding the use of radioactive sources.
"We are pleased to provide advanced technologies resulting from more than a decade of continuous R&D combined with operational experience from a number of deliveries since 2003 to improve oil and water separation performance for our customers," said Hamworthy Oil & Gas Systems Director for Separation Technology, Trond Bynes, "We believe this technology will support future developments of heavy oil fields and strengthen our position in the world wide oil & gas market."
In general, the VIEC approach effectively moves the use of electro coalescence upstream and into the production separators, improving separation performance from the outset. As well as increased oil & gas production and reduced chemical consumption, Hamworthy said the technology resulted in reduced fluid heating of high viscosity and heavy oils, less fresh water for desalting, reduced BS&W 1), and the removal of emulsified water and improved water quality before discharge.
Separation performance is guaranteed by Hamworthy Oil & Gas Systems AS, which offers laboratory testing of actual oil samples in terms of crude oil characterization, batch testing and continuous flow loop testing.