Monday, 14 March 2016

The First Prototype Traveling Block Tested to 907 Tons in the Middle East - 14/03/2016

The First Prototype Traveling Block Tested to 907 Tons in the Middle East

UAE based Safety Services Group (SSG), leaders in lifting equipment engineering and turnkey solutions, recently conducted the load test of the first prototype traveling block, designed and fabricated in the Middle East.

Proof Load test of the traveling block was done through tensile test up to 907 tons. Safety Marine Services, a Safety Services Group company, performed the test on its in-house hydraulic tensile test bed in the presence of representatives from National Oilwell, American Petroleum Institute (API) and American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Class Surveyors. 

Mohammed Seethi Padiyath, General Manager Operations, Safety Services Group, said: “The traveling block was a prototype and handling such an enormous block was a real challenge. A trial run was conducted on the test bed up to 960 tons prior to the actual load test. Achieving 907 tons and holding it in a static mode was also a task. With the expertise of our highly skilled engineers and technology we were able to successfully test the prototype.”

Special rope was used in the testing as the safe working load (SWL) of the rope required was high. The rope ends were socketed for the end terminations.

A traveling block is a multi-sheave pulley used to raise or lower the drill string and casings into an oil well bore. Lowering, lifting, and controlling the drill string in deep well bores generally requires an extraordinarily robust hoist arrangement. This requires that traveling blocks be rated to safely suspend loads that often exceed 1,000,000 pounds (454,000 kg). These extreme loads, in conjunction with the stress placed on it by the drilling process, necessitates the use of highly robust and reliable components in the construction of the block.

Safety Services Group, established in 1979 and is a conglomerate of establishments within the UAE, UK, India, Iraq and the GCC. Safety Audit Services, Safety Marine Services, Safety Technical Services, Seatronics, Safety Star Services, Bash-P International are just a few companies under the Safety Services Group that have made an impact locally and internationally.

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