ReCoila Reels provided a customised reeling solution to Malaysian powerhouse Petronas for diesel refuelling and water distribution duties on their offshore platform in the Malacca Straits.
ReCoila’s ability to refine engineering and build to high specifications landed it a contract to design and manufacture a twin reeling station to manage hoses for diesel refuelling responsibilities and potable water distribution on offshore platforms in the Malacca Straits.
For ReCoila Managing Director Mr Michael Pawson, it potentially opens a doorway to more work in a region, which traditionally doesn’t use Australian manufacturing.
ReCoila was awarded the contract based on its proven track record in designing and manufacturing customised solutions that require a high degree of accuracy and heavy duty tolerance and reliability. According to Mr Pawson, Petronas reached out to ReCoila when they heard about the Australian company’s capabilities in complex, large-scale projects.
Petronas is involved in oil and gas mining from offshore platforms in the Malacca Straits, which line the coast of its home country, Malaysia.
Having decided to update its processes and equipment, Petronas sought twin function points, which act as refuelling stations for diesel operated equipment, as well as distribution points for potable water for drinking, should drinking water run short in supply.
Since offshore platforms in this region are closer to sea level due to the lower swell height compared to their North Sea counterparts, cranes and not reels are traditionally used to lower hoses directly from the platform to transfer the diesel and/or water. The hoses however present a very real safety hazard, weighing more than 500kg and being cumbersome and awkward to handle. In addition to the safety risk, the hose was also subject to premature failure from the continued end load twisting.
ReCoila Reels was approached to custom design and engineer a solution to perform this task with the assurance of safety as well as extended hose life.
Part of the challenge for ReCoila was to offer a solution that would also retrofit within an existing platform’s design and footprint for a seamless integration when on site.
Considering each of the twin reels was over 2.5m in diameter, the challenge for precise measurement, design and construction was critical. When installed and commissioned, one side of each twin reeling station will provide potable drinking water while the other will transfer diesel for refuelling generators, cranes, handling equipment and other fuel powered equipment.