GBA, one of the leading flare tip manufacturers, contracted Conbit for a flare tip handling study for the fixed platform SK316.
The study is for Petronas’ new Central Processing Platform. Petronas jointly awarded Technip and MMHE (Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering Sdn Bhd) the EPCIC contract.
Technip contracted GBA Flare Systems to supply a flare tip and replacement system for the central processing platform (CPP) of the NC3 gas field in block 316. GBA requested Conbit (CBT) to provide the basic and detailed engineering for a flare tip handling system design.
In a joint venture with Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering Sdn Bhd (MMHE), Technip has received confirmation from Petronas Carigali for substantial engineering, procurement, construction, installation, and commissioning (EPCIC) contract for the development of the NC3 gas field in Block SK316. This development is located approximately 200 kilometers North of Bintulu, Sarawak (Malaysia), at a water depth of 104 to 107 meters.
The Technip-MMHE joint venture had earlier participated in the front-end engineering design competition with subsequent rollover to EPCIC execution.
GBA has awarded Conbit (CBT) the contract to design the flare tip handling system, which will enable safe, efficient, and timely removal and installation of the flare tips.
Adjustments to the flare tower’s design can be implemented during the platform engineering phase. Conbit is often requested to produce a complete handling procedure. This is to make the future flare tip replacement safer and more efficient.
Conbit’s unique flare tip replacement method is a mechanical solution using Conbit’s modular handling equipment. Lifting winches are used in combination with lift frames or davit structures.
For the SK316 platform, the chosen system consists of a high-speed lift winch that will remain on deck level. At the flare tip access platform, a gantry structure will be implemented.
The system’s overall weight is kept as low as possible by using lightweight aluminum components. The gantry will enable the rigging crew to lower the flare tip over the side of the flare tip access platform. Once it is below the platform, high-speed winches will lift it directly onto a supply vessel.