Over the past 15 years, Protea has supplied a range of pneumatically driven winches, predominantly for use on offshore drilling rigs and floating production units. The Protea pneumatic-drive system ensures precise and reliable load control and that the equipment can be used in hazardous areas per ATEX regulations. Previous projects include a coiled-tubing-handling system comprising an air winch, transport trolley, and control system that was installed on the Aseng floating production, storage, and offloading vessel currently on charter to Noble Energy. Protea has recently developed a self-propelled transport trolley with an integrated pneumatic-drive system. A self-propelled trolley is a versatile solution because it can be used at multiple locations, requires less deck space, and is simpler to commission, because there is no need to install a separate winch system complete with tow lines. The new trolley incorporates a proven pneumatic-drive system and can transit loads of up to 50 t at an average speed of 12 m/min. The first unit is currently completing a program of extensive testing at Protea’s production facility in southern Poland.
- For additional information, visit www.protea.pl.
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