July 2019

Double award brings new HLS to fleet

MDL has added a horizontal lay system to its flexlay equipment fleet following a double-project award from a new client.

The HLS is designed to work in conjunction with the complete range of MDL 2-track or 4-track tensioners for installation or retrieval of SURF products.

In its current configuration the system features a 3m entry chute, a 4.5m overboarding chute and can handle pipe diameters of up to 600mm.

The modular structure is road-transportable and has been designed in accordance with DNV standards and is based on existing, proven components with a global track record.

The MDL HLS has already been proven on two flowline installation projects in the North Sea. For both work scopes the HLS was delivered with an MDL 50Te tensioner and a 400Te MDL Second-generation Reel Drive System.

For its following project this summer, the HLS will utilise MDL’s 85Te tensioner.

Mike Gaskin, MDL Director, said:

“As awareness of MDL complete project capabilities keeps growing worldwide, it is essential for us to increase our fleet to meet existing and new clients’ expectations – the MDL HLS is a response to that demand.

“This system builds on our existing portfolio of back-deck spreads for all water depths and sea-state conditions. Used in conjunction with our tensioners, reel drive systems and ancillary equipment, and managed and operated by personnel praised for their professionalism, the MDL HLS is a time-saving enabler for delivering projects in any global basin.”