Alba Marina

Project Name: Alba Marina and Rospo Platform – Adriatic Sea

Location: Italy

Company/client: Edison


Tratos & Edison cooperation

This time, Edison- Europe’s oldest energy company needed a cable to power its Alba Marina floating gas storage and offloading vessel (FSO) and the Rospo Mare B Platform. Rospo Mare is in the Adriatic sea, about 20 km off the Abruzzo coast, 80 meters deep.

The company needed a cable that offered advanced performance while being tough enough to cope with the harshest of environments.

Tratos supplied 1830 metres of TratoSubmarine medium voltage cable. Manufactured in Tratos’ Italian factory to IEC 60228 and IEC 60502-2, IEC 60840 to 26/45 KV, the cable comes with a copper or aluminium circular stranded conductor, extruded semi-conducting layer, HEPR insulation and a special hygroscopic PE inner and over sheath.

It features double galvanised steel armouring for exceptional durability, making it ideally suited to the oil and gas and utilities markets. The TratoSubmarine power cable replaces the existing Tratos cable fitted at the Alba Marina and Rospo Mare B Platform in 2004

Alba Marina Floating Gas Storage/Production

ALBA MARINA (IMO: 9151838) is a Floating Storage/Production that was built in 1999 (22 years ago) and is sailing under the flag of Italy.

It’s carrying capacity is 107975 t DWT and her current draught is reported to be 0.7 meters. Her length overall (LOA) is 261.54 meters and her width is 42 meters.

Did you know?

Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) is a core element of the oil & gas extraction and refinement process. 

These vessels are used extensively by the offshore industry and have become one of the primary methods of oil and gas processing and storage. As its name suggests, an FPSO is a floating vessel that acts as a mobile offshore production and storage facility. They are typically employed and leased by oil and gas companies.  

The vessels themselves are equipped with processing equipment for the separation, storage and offloading of oil and gas that comes from sub-sea oil wells or platforms. When oil and gas is processed, it is safely stored in the FPSO until it can be offloaded onto a tanker or a pipeline for transportation ashore.  

The first FPSO was a converted oil tanker, built by Shell in 1977. Before the time of FPSOs, oil and gas extraction was more difficult and inefficient. Companies were only able to extract oil and gas from shallow fields, no more than a water depth of 50 metres. Oil and gas had to be transported to land via a subsea pipeline, which is economically unviable at water depths more than several hundred metres and in instances where the seabed oil and gas fields are hundreds of miles away from the shore.  

Tratos is very pleased to contribute toward achieving Goal 7 of the UN Global Goals to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all, Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, Goal 13: Climate Action, GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being, Goal 14: Life Below Water, and Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.

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