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Holmatro Cylinders Chosen for Snorre A Platform

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In early 2015, Holmatro Industrial Equipment and its Norwegian dealer EIVA-SAFEX AS jointly supplied 64 cylinders, each with a capacity of 536 tons, to the tension-leg platform (TLP) Snorre A. Besides cylinders, the corresponding control and storage for the hydraulic system was also delivered. The Snorre oil field is located in the Norwegian North Sea, 200 km from the coast. One of the platforms, TLP Snorre A, is anchored to the seabed with steel cables. In order to retain, measure, and monitor the pre-tensioning of the cables, each leg of the platform includes constructions that are each fitted with load cells. When calibrating the load cells, the weight of the platform must be taken off. With the help of the new cylinders, the corresponding control and storage for the hydraulic system, this job can be done much easier now. The Holmatro Industrial Solutions team designed and developed the complete customized hydraulic system. EIVA-SAFEX AS handled the lifting installation, and both companies drew up the required documentation in line with the legal requirements for the offshore platform.

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