Trelleborg’s offshore operation has been awarded a fast-track contract to produce over 80 laminated elastomeric bearings for MODEC. The first delivery was in July 2019 and the bearings will be installed on a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel for use in the Area 1 block offshore Mexico.
“With our proven track record with MODEC in supplying elastomeric bearings for their last five FPSOs, we are very proud that they came to us when they needed further bearings rapidly,” Vincent Tan, Sales and Marketing Manager at Trelleborg’s offshore facility in Singapore, said. “Our working relationship with them focuses on local communications and accessibility for factory acceptance testing (FAT) for this global project.”
Elastomeric bearings are produced with steel plates encased within rubber and installed between the hull of a vessel and the vessel’s modules. They are used to accommodate axial, shear and rotational movement. By doing so, they keep a vessel’s modules safe from the impact, damage and deformation that can arise from adverse sea and weather conditions.
MODEC will own the FPSO and provide the operations and maintenance services to Eni Mexico for an initial 15-year period with the option of one-year extensions for a further five years. The FPSO will be capable of processing 90,000 barrels of crude oil per day, 75 million cu ft of gas per day, 120,000 barrels of water injection per day and have a storage capacity of 700,000 barrels of crude oil. The first oil production by the FPSO is planned for 2021.