Osbit’s double Helix of deliveries

Osbit is pleased to announce the successful delivery of two well intervention equipment projects, totalling several million pounds, to Helix Well Ops U.K. for installation on the Q7000, currently in-build in Singapore.

Each of the two projects is a bespoke, custom-made system; a set of twin Cursor type ROV Launch and Recovery Systems (ROV LARS) form our largest contract to date, while the Umbilical & Guide-wire Handling System (UGHS) is a design first for us.

These umbilical handling and ROV LARS projects required overcoming challenging space constraints and designing the systems to operate in severe weather conditions (up to 5m Hs).

The UGHS system facilitates the handling of guide wires and umbilicals above the well head, allowing free and unobstructed access through the moon pool for the launch and recovery of large well equipment.

Both projects are to be installed on Helix’s new Q7000 semi-submersible well intervention vessel. ROV LARS Project Manager Steve Binney comments “We have a strong track-record with Helix; we worked very closely with their own engineers to ensure that the systems can operate reliably in severe conditions and still meet the packaging constraints within the hangars”.

He added: “Helix must deploy its ROVs in the most extreme of conditions. In these challenging circumstances, there is no room for error in subsea operations – this demands the very highest standards from suppliers.”

In March, Helix also awarded Osbit another large contract to produce three sets of Intervention Tension Frame (ITF) systems. One of these systems will also be installed on the Q7000, with the other two being fitted to the new Siem Helix 1 and Siem Helix 2 vessels that are to be chartered by Helix.

Osbit Managing Director Tony Trapp, comments: “Osbit has grown rapidly in its five years and it has been able to do so because our engineers have many decades of experience in supplying highly-complex offshore, subsea and military systems. We are also fortunate in having a well-established supply chain in the North East of England to support us.

This combination has enabled us to build an international reputation for delivering projects to a standard that cannot be beaten anywhere in the world.”

“Once again Osbit has demonstrated an ability to innovate and rapidly translate our requirements into practical, high quality engineered solutions,” said Paul Shotton, Helix Well Ops’ U.K. Manager for Special Projects.