Established riser monitoring techniques can offer significant benefits when applied to moorings.
Over the last few years, 2H Offshore has supplied response-monitoring systems to several major offshore operating companies around the world. 2H is now working with Acteon sister company InterMoor to extend the technology to temporary and permanent mooring systems.
Like a riser installation, a mooring system forms a critical link between the seabed and the surface in deepwater oil and gas field developments. High reliability and structural integrity are essential for both systems. Although some existing mooring systems are fitted with monitoring systems, these tend to be somewhat rudimentary and to generate limited useful information. There are high hopes that close collaboration between InterMoor and 2H will have major benefits in terms of greater design confidence and cost-effectiveness of deepwater moorings in the future.