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Water intake risers successfully installed in Africa

AIS Bardot’s water intake risers are boosting cooling efficiency for FPSO operations offshore Senegal


AIS Bardot received a contract award for water intake risers (WIRs) from a leading provider of floating production solutions in March 2021. Following full delivery of the WIRs a few months ago, it's great to share some news. The installation of the three WIRs off the coast of Senegal is now complete. These WIRs, tailored to the precise requirements of the FPSO (Floating Production, Storage, and Offloading) vessel, promise enhanced cooling capabilities crucial for maintaining operational efficiency.

Water Intake Risers installation

The WIRs, each measuring 100 metres in length, have been meticulously engineered to withstand the challenging operational environment. Designed to accommodate factors such as water depth, temperature, and flow rate, these risers ensure optimal cooling performance by pumping cold seawater from depths of up to 800 metres. This water circulation system plays a vital role in preventing overheating of essential equipment onboard the FPSO, ensuring uninterrupted production processes.

AIS Bardot utilise high-density polyethylene for the construction of these water intake risers. This material not only guarantees durability but also offers significant weight savings, thereby reducing crucial operating costs for clients.

Greg Hue, General Manager at AIS Bardot, remarked on the accomplishment, stating:

"This is a great commercial win for us, particularly as we've faced stiff competition. It not only expands our market share but also underscores our capability to deliver tailored solutions. This success signifies a growth in our market share. With multiple projects secured annually, we're poised for further expansion this year."

Water Intake Risers

The timely completion of the installation demonstrates AIS Bardot's commitment to delivering complex projects within stipulated timelines. With the final offshore installation now complete, under AIS Bardot's supervision, the project serves to demonstrate the company's expertise in providing bespoke solutions for offshore operations.

As the industry continues to evolve, AIS Bardot's success in securing and executing projects of this scale reaffirms its position as a leading provider of innovative solutions for offshore infrastructure needs.

Product information

Water intake risers pump cold seawater at depths of 800m to provide the appropriate volume and flow of cold water to cool down essential equipment and prevent overheating in floating, production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) and floating liquified natural gas (FLNG) units.

Discover more about water intake risers here.

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