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    ODIM secures breakthrough contract for fibre rope winch

    News // February 20, 2006

    The CCTU developed by ODIM was extensively tested from Geofjord.

    ODIM AS in Norway has announced that it has signed a contract with Subsea 7 for the delivery of an advanced winch system for fibre rope based on the company's Cable Traction Control Unit (CTCU) technology.

    "This assignment represents a breakthrough both technologically and commercially for ODIM in the very expansive deepwater market," said ODIM. "Subsea 7 will lease the equipment for six months with a subsequent purchase option. Should the company exercise its option, the contract will be worth some NKr 18 million."

    ODIM's CTCU will be used to handle a number of different units, such as subsea manifolds, umbilicals and jumpers. The system’s maximum lifting capacity is about 55 tonnes, and it will operate in water depths of up to 2,750m. This makes the equipment suitable for projects in deep water.

    "The Subsea 7 contract represents a first stage in the commercialisation of a completely new technology," said ODIM, which has patented the concept.

    "With this solution, ODIM’s customers can utilise fibre rope as a lifting line for installation of subsea hardware, cables and other equipment in deep water. Fibre rope offers substantial benefits because of its significantly lower weight, and the CTCU technology helps cut the cost of deepwater projects."

    “We’re currently experiencing good times in our established business areas for offshore service vessels and marine,” says ODIM's Managing Director Jogeir Romestrand. “In parallel with delivering good customer solutions, we’ve been working for some time to achieve a breakthrough in a third area – mooring and deepwater installation."

    “Through the contract with Subsea 7 we have achieved a very gratifying and important success for the CTCU technology. “Given all the deepwater projects planned in coming years, we believe that the timing of this breakthrough is favourable.”

    He added that finance for the Demo 2000 programme run (which was used to prove the CCTU) by the Research Council of Norway and from Innovation Norway, combined with strong players such as Hydro, Shell, Statoil, Petrobras, Technip and Subsea 7, had been important for developing the technology.

    At the same time, Hydro as operator for Ormen Lange project, was willing to test the CTCU. "That support has been crucial for a Norwegian technology company in penetrating an international market,” said Mr Romestrand. “It is also undeniable that last autumn’s hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico - with consequent mooring failures and many drilling rigs put out of operation - really highlighted the need for new and better deepwater mooring technology.”

    Per Ingeberg, Managing Director of ODIM Alitec, is responsible for developing and marketing the CTCU technology, and said the threshold for adopting this solution had been high. “Steel wirelines have ruled the roost in a market which can be conservative at times. The value of modules being installed – and the consequent level of risk – has also been high.”

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