DSM Dyneema: Fibers for Modu Mooring Lines in Brazil
Brazilian oil giant Petrobras, Rio de Janeiro, has specified ultra strong, lightweight Dyneema fibers from DMS Dyneema, Netherlands, for a complete set of mooring ropes for a semi-submersible mobile offshore drilling unit (Modu).
Petrobras specifically asked for the ropes to be made with SK78 grade of UHMWPE (ultra high molecular weight polyethylene) fibers from DSM Dyneema for its high strength at low weight properties. SK78 grade fiber was developed specifically for this type of mooring application and although it has a proven track record of success in Asia, US and European waters, the Petrobras order marks the first time they will be used for Modu mooring in Brazil.
Petrobras is expected to use eight mooring ropes made with Dyneema SK78 fiber on a Modu in its new Pre-Salt deepwater fields off the Southeastern coast of Brazil, site of one of the largest recent oil discoveries in the Western Hemisphere. The company plans to start using the ropes around mid-year.
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