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New reel drive systems (RDS)

1st September 2014


Following significant Norwegian market growth, ACE Winches, the global deck machinery specialist, has launched its latest technology - Reel Drive Systems (RDS). The RDS ranges from 150 Te to 500 Te and will deploy and recover subsea umbilicals, risers and flow lines (SURF), mooring wires and power cables for the global oil and gas sector.

The ACE Winches RDS is programmable logic controlled (PLC) and can be automatically adjusted to accommodate multiple reel sizes up to a 12m diameter whilst eliminating the requirement for manual handling, optimising the conditions for safe operations.  

Before the end of 2014, the firm will provide a 400 Te RDS for a client’s pre-lay mooring line installation in Nigeria.

Nishant Nadagouda, head of research and development at ACE Winches, said: ”In response to strong global demand for RDS, ACE Winches has invested heavily in its research and development division. Our latest RDS design has enhanced our product range and services to our international client base in the topside and subsea markets.”

The modular systems will be located at ACE Winches’ new Karmsund quayside facility, enabling clients to benefit from faster mobilisations and the ability to transport the RDS equipment in individual components to assemble onsite. The new 2,000 square metre facility sits centrally in Karmsund, located conveniently for vessel pass between Bergen and Stavanger.









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