Iran Shipbuilding and Offshore Industries Company (ISOICO), a subsidiary of Industrial Development and Renovation Organization (IDRO) has managed to commission a huge platform jacket, weighing 2000 tons, for the first time in the South Pars gas field phase 14, in cooperation with domestic contractors.
The vice president of the IDRO, Mr. Mohammad-Ali Vafaee, made the remarks, adding that commissioning the first platform jacket of the phase 14 has been carried out completely by Iranian companies and benefiting from domestic expertise on April 5. The huge structure is ready to be installed in the South Pars, he noted.
Vafaee said that the move was a sign of supporting the domestic production, saying that considering that foreign contractors have not participated in the project due to international sanctions, we embarked on implementing the project using domestic expertise. So, the project was carried out at one third of the expense and with higher quality than foreign contractors within two hours.
These complicated operations are conducted so that there is no need to relocate and transfer maritime structures using foreign contractors at huge expenses and we carry out the project benefiting from domestic expertise. So, sanctions have practically made us flourished and more capable in this field, he said.
It should be mentioned that this is the first jacket of the total 14 ones which are being built by ISOICO. The jacket is 76 meters long and weighs around 2000 tons. Three other jackets have been completed by over 90 percent and will be installed and commissioned in the South Pars field.
Vafaee explained measures which led to commissioning the jacket and added that after completing offshore operations at the phase 14, ISOICO purchased all the required goods from accredited domestic and foreign companies and transferred to the company’s site within the shortest possible time.
Considering the experience of manufacturing jackets and transferring relate technology by Iranian companies as well as Iranian-foreign companies, reverse engineering was carried out initially to manufacture the jackets within shorter times. So, all the factors which could help reduce the manufacture time were identified and necessary measures to remove time-consuming processes were taken.
Therefore, ISOICO managed to create the sense of self-confidence and as a leading company announced that the jacket will be manufactured within 5 months. This is while the time had been announced earlier between 12 and 14 months. But, considering the ISOICO’s announcement, other manufactures, such as Sadra and OIEC, accepted the same time and announced to their employers. This issue will have a great effect on completing the development of the South Pars projects within 35 months.
During the manufacturing process of the jacket, all the previous records were broken. The most important record was the shortest roll up time of the jacket within 24 days from the both sides.
The other record was related to the lift operations or transferring the jacket from the production site to the sea and placing it on a barge to be transported to the installation place. Prior to this, the operations were conducted by a European company. But, the company announced just two weeks before commissioning that international insurance companies have not insured the operations. The company’s proposed price was 1.2 million dollars. But, another European company proposed 2.5 million dollars when it found that its rival has given up.
According to him, ISOICO experts took the initiative and started commissioning operations promptly relying on domestic expertise and benefiting from lifting facilities of an Iranian company.
All the transportation operations from the production site to the dock and loading it on the barge were conducted within a period of time shorter than that which had been proposed by the foreign company and at one third of its proposed price by the foreign company. This is while representatives from other Iranian manufacturers were present at the place to become familiar with the method of operations.
Vafaee concluded with saying that reducing costs of the operations through carry out insuring by an Iranian company was another achievement of the measure. The insurance costs were much lower than proposed fees by foreign companies and for other jacket manufacturers, the costs will be also reduced.