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Flowline Specialists Completes Middle East Subsea Project

The Dubai subsidiary of Scottish energy industry equipment manufacturer and service provider Flowline Specialists has recently completed work on a major subsea umbilical, riser and flexible (SURF) lay project in the Middle East.

Flowline Specialists' 300Te hub drive and 15Te tensioner ahead of the Middle East project commencing

Flowline Specialists FZE was contracted to assist in laying various flexible flowlines, umbilicals and cables from reels of varying size and weight as part of the project. The Dubai business was established in 2015 by Flowline Specialists, which is based in Oldmeldrum and designs, engineers and manufactures a range of cable handling and deployment equipment for use in the energy industry, as part of its international growth strategy.

Four pieces of equipment from the firm’s extensive range made up the lay spread for this offshore project. This included a 300Te modular hub drive system, a 75Te shaft drive spooler, a 15Te twin-track tensioner and a three-pair linear cable engine. The 300Te hub drive was fitted with a rail system to allow multi-reel deployment, in turn increasing project efficiency.

All of Flowline Specialists’ equipment is modular in design, making it road-mobile and container compatible, allowing for rapid deployment worldwide. The flexibility of the equipment is underlined by its ability to be used in multiple industries. In addition to the subsea industry, this includes the oil and gas, marine renewable and decommissioning sectors.

Overall project planning and operations for the Middle East SURF project were managed from Flowline Specialists’ UAE office by group operations manager Graeme Chalmers, with support from the firm’s UK-based engineering and operations teams. Equipment for the nine-month project was mobilised from the firm’s UK and UAE bases.

Six technicians from Flowline Specialists were on-hand for the project’s duration to operate the equipment and assist with the overall product deployment. They were praised by the client for their professionalism and willingness to assist in any situation to ensure the project was executed safely and timeously. The project was completed on-time with zero lost time incidents.

Commenting on the project, Graeme Chalmers said: “Flowline Specialists is very proud to have been involved in this major subsea project. It not only demonstrated the capabilities of some of our extensive equipment range, but also the expertise of our engineering and operations teams.

“Over the past five years, we have invested in expanding our product range in order to best serve the needs of our clients around the world. Along with building a robust equipment range, we have established a knowledgeable, technically capable and client-focussed workforce. It is very satisfying to see that recognised by clients, who provide extremely positive comments praising the professionalism and can-do attitude of our experienced team.”

Flowline Specialists FZE is exhibiting on stand CN35 at ADIPEC 2017, which runs from Monday, 13 until Thursday, 16 November in Abu Dhabi.

Headquartered in Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, Flowline Specialists designs, engineers and manufactures a wide range of equipment for the global oil, gas, subsea and renewable industries. All of its equipment is road mobile and ferry compatible for rapid deployment in the UK and Europe. Established in 2001, the firm employs over 50 staff and has an additional manufacturing base at Fyvie, Aberdeenshire and operational bases in Dubai and The Netherlands. For more information, visit

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