HMC installs world’s deepest mooring pilesNews // June 13, 2006
Heerema Marine Contractors has announced that it has again set a world record in installing the world’s deepest permanent mooring piles ever.
The installation is part of the Independence Hub project which HMC is currently executing for its client Enterprise Field Services, LLC in the Gulf of Mexico.
The 18ft x 88ft suction piles, with a dry weight of 180 toones, were installed at a depth of 8,011ft (2,442m) using the Deepwater Crane Vessel (DCV) Balder.
HMC’s previous record with Balder was BP Atlantis, installed in 2005 at 2,134m.
HMC was awarded the contract for the installation of the piles, the hull, moorings and catenary risers (SCR’s) April last year and started work at the beginning of March this year.
HMC expects to complete the last phase of the project at the end of this year.