Trelleborg, Sweden: Trelleborg AB’s engineered products operation has been awarded a contract to supply elastomeric bearings to Statoil’s Johan Sverdrup oil field, Norway's largest offshore development in the past three decades.
In a 10 July statement, the Swedish engineering group said that Trelleborg will manufacture and deliver 96 custom-designed, sliding elastomeric bearings for use across the field's 23,000-tonne riser platform.
The bearings will be placed across the platform's six support points which will be in direct contact with the heavy transport vessel that will deliver the topside - currently being manufactured in South Korea - to the field.
The riser platform is the largest of the four platforms in the field, comprising the project’s field centre and will be installed in 2018.
Trelleborg’s elastomeric bearings are steel plate laminated and installed between the hull of the facility and its modules. They accommodate axial, shear and rotational movement to keep the modules safe from impact, damage and deformation.
(Image courtesy of Statoil)