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Vertical Tie-in Systems

Vertical Tie-In Systems


Vertical Tie-in systems may be used for tie-in of flexible flowlines, umbilicals, Jump-
er spools, Rigid Spools and Inline Tees. Vertical connections are installed directly
onto the receiving hub in one operation during tie-in. Since the Vertical Connection
System does not require a pull-in capability, it simplifies the tool functions, provides
a time efficient tie-in operation and reduce the length of Rigid Spools.

FMC has developed a series of Vertical Tie-in connectors to make any vertical Tie-in
effective.

FMC Vertical
Connection Systems FMC Tie-in Experience
These systems provide vertical Landing and Connection for As development of Subsea fields reach the depth limit
the 1st and 2nd end of flexible Flowlines, Rigid Jumpers, Rigid for diver operation, diverless Tie-in systems become an
Flowlines with flexible tails, Flowline Risers and Umbilicals. issue. FMC designed and operated the first diverless
Vertical Connection Systems may connect of up to 30” OD Tie-in & Connection system ever on the Gullfaks field
(27” ID) to Manifolds, Xmas Trees, Sleds, PLETs and PLEMs. for Statoil in the North Sea in 1986. Since then, many
These systems have no interference with the seabed during new innovative Tie-in solutions for deep and ultra-deep
installation and connection, increasing the subsea visibility waters have passed through our work-shop to satisfy
during installation. The Vertical Connection systems does not clients world-wide.
require flowline pull-in capability, simplifying all functions
and providing a time efficient subsea tie-in operation. Strok- FMC have now a family of Tie-in & Connection systems,
ing and connection is carried out by the the Connector itself, all based on standard interfaces. These reach from the
or by the ROV operated Connector Actuation Tool (CAT) smallest hydraulic Flying Leads, to large bore Export
System. lines in both Vertical and Horizontal, and Monobore or
Multibore configurations.

Size & configuration table Life of Field Service


Installation of advanced Subsea systems require skilled
Multi-bore
offshore personnel and high quality equipment. Testing
Vertical Hydraulic/ Single Bore Configuration Installation of equipment and training of personnel onshore is vital
Collet Mechanical Max Nom. Max Bore- Tool to success in this offshore operation. FMC has developed
Connector operation Pipe size size Bore size Hydr. Lines Requirement a Subsea School for training of Clients representatives
alongside training of own service personnel. The good
Max Mechanical 14” 12” CAT +ROV
chemistry developed during this training period has
Torus Hydraulic 18” 16” ROV resulted in a unique track record of successful offshore
KC Mechanical 12” 11” 7”+2”+1” 14 lines CAT +ROV operations.
KC Hydraulic 30” 27” ROV
The Customer Support headquarter in Bergen is the
single point of contact for all expertise, personnel,
Vertical Hydraulic/ Single Bore Installation systems and tools needed for installation and life-of-
Clamp Mechanical Max Nom. Max Bore- Tool field management and support. We provide service and
Connector operation Pipe size size Requirement strategic life of field planning and solutions designed to
deliver immediate and long-term satisfaction to opera-
KL Mechanical 20” 18” Torque Tool +ROV tors worldwide.

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Vertical Tie-In Systems Mechanical Connector
Hydraulic Connector
The hydraulic Collet connector is lifted directly onto the
Clamp Connector
The mechanical Clamp connector is operated from the ROV
Vertical Connection may be made up by integrated The mechanical Collet connector with the V-CAT (Vertical receiving hub, and operated directly from the ROV. With by a Torque Tool. The Clamp is located onto the receiving
hydraulic connectors, by non-hydraulic mechanical Connector Actuation Tool ) is lifted directly onto the receiving no need for a dedicated actuating tool, this Tie-in method hub, and operated directly from the ROV. With the assistance
hub. The V-CAT incorporates a soft-landing device. This requires minimal mobilization and tool logistics. of only a Torque Tool, this Tie-in method is a very efficient
connectors with assistance from a Vertical Connec- connection system leaves no hydraulic components subsea. The way of making up large bore Export line and Riser Connec-
tor Actuation Tool (V-CAT) and ROV, or by a Clamp Vertical connection system ( V-CAT ) is very compact, requires tions.
Connector. minimal mobilization, and is air transportable world-wide.

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Vertical Connection Options

Torus Tie-in System VECON Mk1


This Tie-in System Is based on the TORUS Hydraulic
Connector. This connector has all hydraulic tie-in functions
Tie-in System with KC
incorporated in the connector and consequently requires no
tool for operation. Hydraulic Connector
The Torus connection system is suitable for up to 18” ND
flowlines. Vertical installation and connection system for Rigid spools and
flexlines. Suitable for up to 30” ND flowlines and umbilicals. Based
• Hydraulic lock/unlock design on the Integrated hydraulic KC Connectors. To be used in both
• Hydraulic secondary release mechanism Mono & Multibore configurations.
• Mechanical override feature
• Positive pre-load via flat-to-flat locking mechanism
• Primary Metal to Metal seal, secondary non-metal seal
• External seal test feature for subsea verification of proper
connection

VECON Mk2
Tie-in System with KC
Mechanical Connector
MAX Tie-in System
With the CAT-V2 mounted directly on each collet connector, this
This Tie-in System Is based on the MAX Mechanical Collet connection system is a time efficient way of connecting lines. Since
Connector. The MAX connector is a robust 15ksi design the VECON system does not require a pull-in capability, it simpli-
developed for high jumper load (i.e. HP / HT) conditions. fies the tool functions and provides a time efficient tie-in operation.
This Connector design leaves no hydraulic components The connection system (CAT-V2) is very compact, requires minimal
subsea after installation. Make-up of the Collet Connector is mobilization, and is air transportable world-wide.
performed by the Connector Actuating Tool (CAT), operated
by the ROV. Hub inspection and cleaning prior to connection Vertical connections are installed directly onto the receiving hub
is performed by ROV with dedicated tool package. in one operation during connection. These systems have no
The MAX connection system is suitable for up to 14” ND interference with the seabed during installation and connection,
flowlines. increasing the subsea visibility during installation. Based on the KC
Mechanical connectors, this connection system leaves no hydraulic
• Working pressure up to 15,000 psi components subsea, and may be used in both Mono & Multibore
• MAX-8 designed to accommodate up to 8” pipe; MAX-14 configurations.
up to 14” pipe
• High bending, torsion and preload capabilities for HP / HT
applications Design rating
• All hydraulic components for Tie-in integrated in CAT
• Positive pre-load via flat-to-flat locking mechanism Overall Dimensions of VECON Tool:
• Primary Metal to Metal seal, secondary non-metal seal • Working pressure up to 15,000 psi
• CAT performs hub alignment, soft land and boot strap • Height: 2,500-2,900mm (98-114“)
during installation • Diameter: 1,540mm (61“)
• CAT performs external Lock/Unlock and secondary unlock • Operating envelope: 2,140mm (84”) diameter
of MAX connector • Cylinder Stroke: 301mm (12”)

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