Stem clamp installation on BP’s Mad Dog Spar

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C-I stem clamp installation

C-Innovation has completed the installation of several stem clamps for BP beneath the Mad Dog Spar in the Gulf of Mexico, utilizing its subsea inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) remotely operated vehicle (ROV) vessel, MV Dove.

Throughout the planning process, several risks were mitigated for C-I and BP assets by modifying the ROV. This included armoring with Lexan polycarbonate, design of new manipulator mounting subframes to extend the reach of the manipulators by 12 in. and installation of enhanced manipulator controls systems. The project was a success and completed 10 days ahead of BP’s schedule.

Ryan Combs, project manager, C-Innovation, said, “C-I was engaged by BP early in the project lifecycle to provide input into the design of the subsea hardware and installation capabilities of the ROV, which would face limited access to the installation location beneath the facility. The C-I project team engaged with the ROV operations groups, offshore managers and tooling group in order to evaluate the risks involved with the execution of the project and ultimately secured a successful outcome.”

Adam Kluge, BP ARP, said, “C-I overcame some complex demands with a challenging method of installation in very tight working quarters within the structure and did so safely, with great skill, in half the anticipated timeframe. The success of the execution was directly attributable to excellent teamwork and communication throughout each phase. We are very fortunate to work with C-I on our projects. They contribute an excellent work ethic, great interpersonal skills and are adept at creating a team out of a group of individuals.”

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