GBA Flare Systems received an order from Technip to supply a flare-tip replacement system for the central processing platform (CPP) of the NC3 gas field in Block SK316 off the Malaysian coast . The CPP is equipped with an inclined flare boom with a low-pressure and a high-pressure flare tip installed at the top. Both flare tips weigh approximately 2500 kg and were engineered and manufactured by GBA.
GBA contracted Conbit to provide the basic and detailed engineering design for a flare-tip handling system.
In a joint venture with Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering Sdn Bhd (MMHE), PETRONAS Carigali awarded Technip a substantial engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning (EPCIC) contract for development of the NC3 gas field in Block SK316. This field is located approximately 200 km north of Bintulu, Sarawak (Malaysia), at a water depth of 104 to 107 m.
For many years, operators of new offshore assets have required material handling to be part of the overall engineering design process. The EPC contractor, in this case Technip, was requested to devise handling methods for critical equipment, including flare tips, which must be handled safely and efficiently. The flare-tip replacement operation must be executed during a shutdown, and its duration must be kept to a minimum. During the platform engineering phase, the design of the flare tower should provide for safe and efficient flare-tip replacement when it is necessary.
Clients often require Conbit to devise a complete handling procedure to ensure that the safety and efficiency goals are met during the flare-tip replacement operation.