Gulfstar FPS, is a flexible 21,500-ton oil & gas production solution for deepwater producers in the Gulf of Mexico. Its builder, Williams Partners L.P, came to Timberland for the Gulfstar’s 9-point mooring system including chain jacks, underwater fairleads and electro-hydraulic power unit.
The Gulfstar’s SPAR Hull is constructed while on its side and the mooring equipment is all installed with the SPAR in this orientation. The Gulfstar is also towed to site in this position, which subjects the mooring equipment to submersion, heavy spray and rough seas. At site, the SPAR is ballasted into its upright position.
Rapid deployment is the hallmark of the Gulfstar design. From the time the SPAR of Gulfstar 1 was uprighted, to the time when mooring commenced was 24 hours. Timberland’s commissioning team did a great job supporting the efforts to get the equipment operating quickly and mooring was completed within 9 days.
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