Marathon E.G. Production Ltd asked Iv-Oil & Gas to provide an exchange proposal and flare tip handling method for its Alba-B3 compression platform. Iv-Oil & Gas then awarded Conbit the contract to deliver the flare tip replacement method for future operation.
The Alba-B3 compression platform will consist of a 5,500-ton topside and a 4-legged 2,000-ton jacket which will be built at the Heerema yard. The platform is located approximately 20 mi (32 km) offshore North of Bioko island in Equatorial Guinea at a water depth of 248 ft (76 m).
Anticipating on a flare tip handling can contribute to higher efficiency in maintenance.
The main equipment of the Conbit flare tip handling solution comprises an aluminum lift boom, rigging equipment including boom braces and boom pendant, and a lifting winch located on the main deck.
Clients often request Conbit to supply a mechanical flare tip handling design that ensures a safe and efficient operation for a future flare tip replacement. This is to anticipate the impact of the operation on the platform design.
During the flare tip handling study, space limitations are often encountered, and structural reinforcements are frequently required on the platform. Doing the study has proven to be time-efficient because the platform structure is prepared for future exchange.