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7th January 2013
Cathelco supply pipework anti-fouling system for FPSO Cendor
Cathelco has won an order to supply a seawater pipework anti-fouling system for a new FPSO which will be operated in the Cendor offshore oil field by Petrofac
The system will be installed on the MT Onozo, an Aframax tanker, which is being converted to an FPSO at the MHB yard in Pasir Gudang,
Cathelco will be supplying the anti-fouling electrolysis tank system to protect seawater inlets and pipework against blockages caused by barnacles and mussels. The tank will be fitted with copper and ferrous anodes which are fed with an electrical current from a control panel.
The purpose of the tank is to dose seawater with copper ions which create an environment where fouling species larvae do not settle or breed. At the
The dosed water will be distributed to intakes serving fire fighting pumps and ballast water pumps, plus machinery room and pump room seachests.
The electrolysis tank will be fabricated by Cathelco S.E.A, a subsidiary strategically based in
“Electrolysis tanks provide a practical solution to the requirements of FPSOs where a number of inlets need to be protected against bio-fouling. One of the advantages is that the anodes can be easily replaced without drydocking, an important factor on vessels which remain on station for many years”, said Julianna Measures of Cathelco who has been closely involved in the project.
Cathelco are world leaders in the manufacture of seawater pipework anti-fouling systems with a record of more than 30,000 installations on commercial vessels and offshore platforms. They also produce ICCP corrosion protection systems for ships and offshore structures.
In recent years an increasing number of systems have been fitted to FPSOs. These include the Capixaba, Espirito Santo, P57, Okha, Cidade de Paraty and, more recently, the Xikomba which was supplied with an ICCP system in 2012.
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