Danish tubular handling specialist considers opening new Aberdeen base

Global Gravity pipes  stacked in offshore TubeLockBY DARA BUTTERFIELD

Danish company, Global Gravity, developers of an innovative new tubular handling frame, have announced that they are considering opening a base in Aberdeen following their product’s recent successes.

TubeLock, the company’s patented New Generation Tubular Handling System has successfully completed its three-year operational debut in the North Sea, with operators verifying its track record for improving safety through reduced injury, achieving cost savings and improving drilling operations.

Kim Christensen, Sales and Marketing Director, Global Gravity, said:“We are very pleased with the success of TubeLock and welcome the ratification which we’ve had from operators and contractors since it went into operation. One of the world’s biggest operators said that they wished this system had been in existence years ago.

“Setting up a facility in Aberdeen is now the logical next step for us to ensure that we can respond to the requirements of the industry operating in the UKCS. While this is currently in the very early stages, we anticipate that establishing a base here could generate up to a dozen on and offshore jobs within the first couple of years of operation.”

Developed specifically for the Oilfield Casing and Tubular Goods (OCTG) sector of the industry TubeLock encases batches of tubulars in a fixed frame. Once they are securely locked in place, “packs” of tubulars are transported from source to the quayside where they can be can be safely and efficiently lifted for onward transportation to offshore installations where they are offloaded, stacked and stored.

Christensen continued: “Improving the working conditions for the on and offshore workforce is a priority and our goal is to achieve zero accidents. In response to the current economic operating conditions we are also committed to helping the industry achieve cost reductions on handling which leads to increased efficiency on installations.”

Global Gravity will be exhibiting at Offshore Europe as part of the Danish Pavilion at Stand 3B160.

013Meanwhile 3sun Group’s subsea division has installed its first Time Delay Block Valve (TDBV) for use on hydrocarbon producing wells.

The exclusive valve was designed and manufactured by Bifold Group, specialists in hydraulic and pneumatic stainless steel directional control valves and accessories for hazardous, corrosive and subsea environments, in accordance with a Qualification Specification approved by 3sun Group. The prototype TDBV was installed in June 2015 on a North Sea Platform and has since been operating at excellent capacity.

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