Arctic Shelf Projects: SST Group's Best Practices

December 15, 2017

SST Group shares its professional expertise in the offshore field development at the VII International Forum “The Arctic: its Present and Future”

Arctic Shelf Projects: SST Group's Best Practices

Interest in the Arctic is growing steadily. For Russia, the development of the Arctic area is a strategic task which requires the synergy of business, government, and civil society. The international forum “The Arctic: its Present and Future” is an annual business forum to bring about constructive interaction and cooperation in science, education, and economics. In 2017, the event was held in St. Petersburg on December 4-6.

The Forum is hosted by the Interregional Public Association of Polar Explorers (ASPOL), headed by Artur Chilingarov, special representative of the President of the Russian Federation for international cooperation in the Arctic and Antarctic. The event was attended by approximately 1.6 thousand delegates from Russia and overseas.

This year, the Forum has focused on the development of support zones and polar territories in the Arctic. The participants discussed major Arctic oil and gas projects, including Yamal LNG, which shipped its first batches of liquefied gas in early December. Technological development and appropriate transport infrastructures were named the mainspring of the Arctic economic potential growth. Industrial heat-tracing systems to prevent freezing and help maintain the working temperatures in harsh climatic conditions, can make an application example of the Arctic offshore field development solutions. SST Group is actively engaged in the Russian import substitution program for this sector.

On December 5, SST Group participated in the working session “Creation of equipment and technologies to develop the Arctic offshore field”. Evdokia Rukavishnikova, Deputy Director, Business Development, presented her business report on SST Group’s professional expertise in the offshore development. In particular, electric heating systems can be used on marine ice-resistant platforms, ships, shipyards, coastal infrastructure facilities, underwater complexes and pipelines, and helipads. They are able to protectprocess equipment and specialised facilities against the climatic risks inherent in the Arctic, functioning well in explosive and aggressive environments.

Ms. Rukavishnikova emphasized: “The peculiarity of Arctic projects is the need to create technologies and solutions customised for each particular project. SST Group has an extensive experience in the application of electric heating systems at sites in the Far North and the Arctic. With its many years of industry expertise, the company employs its own research and development center, and an engineering company to cover all phases of electric heating system’s production, from design engineering to implementation and commission. For example, for the heating system project at the ice-resistant Y. Korchagin platform, our specialists have developed and successfully implemented solutions for all specific needs of that facility."

In her speech, Ms. Rukavishnikova briefly described SST Group’s electric heating technologies for offshore oil platforms, ships, and shore infrastructure facilities. Among the unique developments of the company is a so-called ’flexible skin’ (an inductive-resistive flexible cable), which can be used to heat submarine and underground pipelines.Its sealed corrugated steel sheath makes an excellent protection from aggressive external environments. Its low operating costs, ease of installation, and possible of inside-pipeline laying are the key advantages of the cable.

SST Group designed and successfully installed over 10 thousand industrial heat-tracing systems for the fuel and energy facilities, including the Zapolyarnoye, Bovanenkovo and Harjaginskoe fields, ice resistant structures at the Y. Korchagin and V. Filanovsky offshore fixed platforms, as well as the A. Zhdanov platform in the Turkmen part of the Caspian Sea.

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