ACE Winches delivers world leading riser installation solution

ACE Winches vertical linear winch package
ACE Winches vertical linear winch package

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ACE Winches has successfully delivered a revolutionary and bespoke new product for the installation and pull-in of two steel catenary risers (SCR) on the Buckskin deepwater development, a field located approximately 190 miles south-east of Houston in the Gulf of Mexico.

A challenging new design for ACE Winches, the client required a significantly smaller riser pull-in equipment package than the traditional model to be incorporated into their existing framework on the main deck level on the Lucius spar platform.

With limited deck space and extreme operating depths, the linear winch also required to have the capability of delivering 550 Tonnes vertical force. By creating industry-leading innovation through their engineering expertise, ACE Winches delivered this world leading product on time and within budget.

ACE Winches provided the client with a solution offering a higher-line pull-to-weight ratio than conventional winches and equipped with a continuous pull feature allowing for a reduction in operational time while maintaining high levels of safety and delivering project success.

ACE Winches is the first company to develop a product of this kind, providing safe, operational cost savings for the Buckskin deepwater development.

The company’s chief executive officer, Alfie Cheyne, said: “The limited deck space presented us with a challenge, but we overcame it with an innovative design delivering a high quality, safe and cost-effective SCR solution, helping our clients reduce cost and improve safety and efficiency; important factors in today’s industry climate.

“With over 25 years’ experience in engineering and manufacturing lifting, pulling and deploying equipment, we were able to deliver the exact solution to the project.  A recent £5 million capital investment programme in linear winches for our fleet offers client solutions for shore approach, beach pulling and SURF riser installation applications.”


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