ACE secures Hebron contract offshore Canada

ACE Winches, Hebron project, Canada

Deck machinery specialist ACE Winches has secured a six-figure contract with an operator to support in connecting the Hebron gravity based structure (GBS) and topsides offshore Canada.

Aberdeenshire firm ACE will supply hydraulic drum winch packages for the deep-water Hebron oil field located off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, working at depths of 95m.

The deal includes all winches, ancillary equipment and skilled personnel for the project.

ACE will provide hydraulic drum winches, a dedicated diesel hydraulic power unit for each winch and running line monitors to provide line and load monitoring.

Hebron is a joint venture development by partners: ExxonMobil (35.5%), Chevron (29.6%), Suncor (21%), Statoil (9%) and Nalcor Energy (4.9%).

Chief executive Alfie Cheyne said: “ACE Winches has a successful track-record of projects in the region and we look forward to building on this success with the Hebron project.

The contract marks further work on the Hebron project for the company; in 2014 ACE supplied a range of winches for use in the dry dock to tension the installation as it transitioned from dry dock into open water.

The winches were then used to keep the GBS in position during the manoeuvre process.

The GBS will support an integrated topsides deck that includes a living quarters and facilities to perform drilling and production.

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