Balmoral Unveils Integrated Cable Protection System

Aberdeen-based Balmoral has developed an integrated cable protection system (CPS) that the engineering company describes as unique.

The patented system is available in three standard sizes and includes a combination of bend restrictors and a bend stiffener, foundation interface device, standard dynamic unit, and a detachable pull head.

All of the components are designed, manufactured, and brought together in-house before being tested on the company’s test rig, Balmoral said.

Solutions for varying apertures on monopile installations are available as well as J-tube and I-tube options for jacket structures, the company said.

“Our systems are designed based on the fatigue limit state (FLS) and offer something different because of their unique diverless removal feature and the ability to account for free span caused by scour development,” Dr Aneel Gill, product R&D manager, said.

“Our patented fibre reinforced technology adds stiffness to the system controlling the curvature during the project lifespan. This reduces the amount of movement experienced by the cable, improving fatigue performance and greatly reducing the risk of failure through the life of field.”

According to Dr Geel, the system’s low weight components allow for efficient transportation, handling, and assembly on deck.

“The system also allows for diverless removal of the CPS should cable maintenance be required,” Dr Geel said.

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