Norwegian rig gets new lease of life with Tratos oil & gas cables

SSDR Scarabeo 5, an Italian built rig designed specifically for Norwegian conditions, has been refurbished using several million Euros worth of Tratos Oil & Gas Cables by Saipem.

Operating successfully on the Norwegian Continental Shelf since 1990, Scarabeo 5 is a 5th generation vessel with large capacity, advanced performance and strong technical capabilities. It features a dynamic positioning (DP) system, allowing drilling at great water depths – down to 2000 meters for this rig to date.

As part of its ongoing maintenance programme, Saipem – a world leader in the oil and gas contracting services sector – has installed oil and gas cables from Tratos to the value of several million Euros. The cables are being used to supply power, control and signalling throughout the rig.

Tratos Oil & Gas Cables were specified by Saipem due to their quality design and construction – essential in such a demanding offshore application. Tratos, which has been producing cables oil and gas operations for over 40 years, has a thorough understanding of this market and designs its cables to withstand these harsh environments. Many of the cables supplied to Saipem for Scarabeo 5, for example, feature a longitudinal double aluminium tape barrier to combat the problem of corrosion caused by many of the substances that cables come into contact with such as acids, solvents, hydrocarbons and moisture, all of which can cause significant damage if allowed to seep through the cable. This solution is far lighter and more effective than that used by alternative manufacturers, such as corrugated metal tapes and lead sheaths.

Tratos produces cables for a wide variety offshore and on-shore application in the oil and gas industry, including specialist Submarine and Umbilical cables. Tratos cables are available to meet numerous standards, including Lloyd’s, plus American, British and European standards BS6883, NEK 606 & UKOOA.


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