BROUSSARD, La. — Delmar Systems, Inc., has been awarded a contract to supply its patented Subsea Mooring Connectors (US Patent #6,158,903) for the Atwater Valley Producers Group FPU Project located in 8,200′ WD in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. Atlantia teamed up with sister company engineering and design firm GustoMSC-Ocean Design (GMOD) to design a semi-unit for ultra-deepwater production. Each chain-polyester-chain mooring leg will be connected to twelve suction anchors. Once installed, this will become the deepest floating production facility in the world. The group is comprised of Anadarko, Devon, Dominion, Kerr-McGee, and Spinnaker. The actual facility and gas pipelines will be owned by Gulf Terra through an entity, Enterprise Products Partners.
Delmar developed this technology to facilitate single vessel deployment of anchors and mooring lines. Delmar’s Subsea Connector provides easy connect/disconnect capability with the use of a standard ROV. During installations, anchors can be installed separate from the mooring line, which is a revolutionary breakthrough not previously used in permanent mooring systems. This allows for greater flexibility subsequent to the installation should the mooring line need servicing or replacement. “Our proprietary technology provides a cost-effective alternative previously not available by conventional mooring methods. Delmar continues making significant technology contribution for ultra-deepwater mooring as evidenced by this contract award.” said Delmar’s President, Sherman A. Scott.
Delmar’s Subsea Connector is the first mooring connector to receive ABS Classification Society approval for use in permanent mooring systems.