First Subsea unveils mooring connector test rig facilities

Subsea mooring connector (SMC) specialist First Subsea has invested more than £200,000 in new mooring connector test rig facilities at its production site in Lancaster, UK.

The test rig is being used to manufacture next-generation SMCs for deepwater mooring projects, including Jack and St Malo field’s semi-submersible platform and Lucius field’s spar moorings, both in the Gulf of Mexico.

The rig enables proof load and minimum breaking load testing up to 2,600mT (25,497 kN).