Winter 2014-15

Stable platform for growth with Strainstall

Strainstall has landed a contract to design, manufacture and supply its Tendon Tension Monitoring System to a new platform being built for oil company, Hess in the Gulf of Mexico.

With this win Strainstall has further cemented its position as the market leader in load cell-based Tendon Tension Monitoring Systems (TTMS), having supplied all load cell based TTMS globally for the last decade.

The project, managed by Modec in Texas, is for a platform which will be operated by Hess in partnership with Chevron, Nexen (CNOOC) and Statoil.

Ross Davidson, the company’s lead engineer for offshore systems explains:

“Strainstall is arguably the world’s leading supplier of high performance load cells for very harsh and subsea environments. Reliability and longevity are of paramount importance for offshore subsea applications and our success in securing the bid was primarily down to our unique load cell technology and marine application expertise.”

This is now the third TTMS Strainstall has supplied to Hess.

The bid was prepared by technical sales engineer Ian Roberts and engineering director, Adrian Coventry, working with Ross, but the contract will be supervised by project manager, Paul Downes.

Ross adds:

“In recent years we’ve focussed on bringing many of the essential processes (calibration, proof loading, hydrostatic testing) in-house. Even our software is now prepared in-house by our own software engineering department. This means that we are better able to control every aspect of the project.”

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