Subsea inspection services firm Welaptega has said it has recently completed mooring inspection projects for FPSOs owned Eni and ExxonMobil in Nigeria.
Welaptega undertook inspection services on ENI’s Abo FPSO, on the western edge of the Niger Delta, at water depths of 550-1100 meters. It also inspected moorings on ExxonMobil’s Usan FPSO in the Gulf of Guinea at depths of up to 850 meters.
Welaptega has said that, with its chain measurement system technology, it can complete chain inspections up to 40% faster when compared to traditional methods.
"By using optical systems to take three separate measurements, chain diameter measurements can be assessed from video footage instead of requiring equipment to physically grip the chain," Welaptega said.
Tyler de Gier, general manager at Welaptega, said: "Nigeria is currently the largest oil producer in Africa, and our technology is ideally placed to service assets and monitor corrosion caused by the warm Atlantic Ocean waters."
Welaptega, owned by Ashtead Technology, has recently entered into a strategic partnership with engineering and training organization STAT-Marine Nigeria Ltd.
De Gier said: "Our partnership with STAT-Marine will ensure reliable and on-time project delivery for clients in the region.”
Ronye Egborge, managing director of STAT-Marine Nigeria Ltd, said: “STAT-Marine is known for excellence in subsea engineering and technical consultancy services.
"The partnership with Welaptega provides an opportunity for us to increase local expertise in underwater inspection of mooring systems and to grow our business in Nigeria. It is a win-win for both entities."