The Flare tip handling method used by Conbit is characteristic for all its special lifting concepts. With the use of components, a lifting configuration is assembled on site to perform a challenging lift. Often the solutions offer an alternative to crane barges but in the case of flare tip replacements, Conbit’s solution is an alternative to helicopter replacements. The different aluminium components which form the lifting configuration are brought to the flare tip access platform. Conbit’s technicians then assemble the lifting system on this platform. The winch wire is reefed through the lifting system and a load test performed. The actual lift winch was incorporated in the lift boom. The lift boom that was chosen had the capacity to rotate. No structural reinforcements or modifications were required for the entire project.
In the case of the OFON2 project, the flare tower is located at a separate jacket structure. The flare platform is bridge linked to the production facility. The bridge offered various handling challenges. A special design cradle was required to transport the new flare tip from the production platform to the flare tower. The lift winch had to be positioned on the production platform.
Conbit thanks the client and the operator of the platform for their trust in Conbit’s competence and for their great support during the project.