SEPLAs Anchor FPU In Gulf Of Mexico

InterMoor's suction embedded plate anchors were used to anchor ATP Oil & Gas Corporation's floating production unit.

In 2005 in the Gulf of Mexico, 15 rigs were set adrift by a succession of powerful hurricanes. These events prompted the US government’s Minerals Management Service and the United States Coast Guard to work with the oil and gas industry to produce new rig mooring guidelines for the Gulf of Mexico. As a result, demand for anchor-handling boats has never been so high.

The new guidelines require most rigs to have 12, rather than 8, mooring lines. InterMoor’s suction embedded plate anchors (SEPLA), which are cost-effective to manufacture and install, offer increased efficiency at this busy time.

In September 2006, SEPLAs were used to anchor ATP Oil & Gas Corporation’s floating production unit in Mississippi Canyon 711 (formerly Gomez field), Gulf of Mexico. This is their first use as part of a permanent mooring system, although they have been used extensively by companies such as BP, ExxonMobil and Chevron to anchor mobile offshore drilling units in the Gulf of Mexico and off West Africa.

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