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New project award on Kaombo Sul


Friday 21st of September 2018


Following successful completion of such activities on the FPSO Kaombo Norte, Petrolis was contracted to perform FPSO mooring activities, SURF assistance activities, and FPSO hook-up activities offshore of the FPSO Kaombo Sul (Kaombo South) by Saipem which started production in July.

Saipem awarded the work to Petrolis’ rigging and rope access teams which would be split into an onshore and offshore scope.

Onshore scope of work in Singapore: Sept 2018
Petrolis’ team to perform SITs at Sembawang ship yard.

Offshore Scope of work Angola: Jan 2019 – FPSO Sail away date TBC.
Petrolis’ team to perform FPSO mooring activities, SURF assistance activities, FPSO hook-up activities offshore from Jan 2019 awards.

Kaombo project

Kaombo, currently the biggest deep offshore development in Angola, is located some 260 kilometers off the coast of Luanda, the capital of the country.

The field was brought online through the FPSO Kaombo Norte which will produce an estimated 115,000 barrels of oil per day. The second FPSO, the Kaombo Sul, is expected to start up next year.

Overall production of the project will reach an estimated 230,000 barrels of oil per day at peak, and the associated gas will be exported to the Angola LNG plant. A total of 59 wells will be connected to the two FPSOs.


Rope Access advantages


Tuesday 10th of July 2018


There are usually only two options available to get high access: scaffolding or rope access.
This article will focus on the difference between both and the advantages in using rope access.

  •  Safety

    IRATA/SPRAT statistics show that rope access is an extremely safe form of access. Indeed, according to IRATA report, in 2015, the reportable injury rate was 64 per 100 000 workers”. Furthermore, this rate is continuously decreasing over the years.
    Rope access is also recognized as the safest method for project completion due to the high standard of required training. Every rope access crew member must meet rigorous standards and pass tough evaluations that will ensure they are fully prepared for performing work at height safely and efficiently.

  •  Cost savings

    When it comes to cost, rope access is comparatively much more affordable than scaffolding. Not only does industrial rope access require less equipment, it is also quicker and reduces wasted time on construction.
    It has been proved that at the end, rope access method could lead to up to 50% of cost savings compared to traditional methods.

  •  Faster

    Case study: Spool hook-up

    Before: Scaffolding Today: Rope access
    Erection / Setup 34 hours 4 hours
    Task 50 hours 60 hours
    Dismantle / Clear 21 hours 1 hour
    Total 105 hours 65 hours

    Obviously, industrial rope access requires less time than scaffolding. While it may take days to erect the required scaffolding, the rigging for rope access takes merely minutes to a few hours.

  •  Flexibility

    Rope access methods are extremely flexible and are often the only option for certain tasks. Unlike scaffolding, no large open area beneath the work site is required.
    In that way, rope access techniques allow to access extremely complex places to reach such as:

    . Splash zones: A splash zone is the area immediately above water level. With rope access, we can access to all splash zone areas, inaccessible with scaffolding

    . Confined spaces: Rope access technicians can work in spaces hardly accessible. They are able to enter and inspect spaces regardless of its depth and configuration

    . Spaces at height: As opposed to scaffolding method, it allows access to every area, whatever the height


    KAOMBO project on its way


    Friday 6th of July 2018


    Saipem has awarded his subcontractor Petrolis to provide Rigging and Rope access teams to perform Hook-up and Mooring activities on Kaombo Project FPSO North.

    Onshore scope of work in Singapore:
    Petrolis’ has successfully performed SITs at Keppel ship yard since May / June 2108.

    Offshore Scope of work Angola:
    FPSO mooring activities, SURF assistance activities, FPSO hook-up activities will be performed offshore from July 2018 awards.

    Petrolis team is proud to be part of this project and look forward to completing it on time and in safely manner.


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