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Lucrative contract takes off

30 April 2007

Vulcan SFM, has spectacularly landed a £700,000 project management deal.

Vulcan has won the contract to supply offshore oil-processing specialist Bluewater with nine mooring-system components for the Aoka Mizu, a 100,000 tonne Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) oil-processing vessel which will operate in the North Sea.

The contract showcases Vulcan's capacity to produce components, outsource processes, assemble and deliver complex engineering solutions to industry.

Sheffield Forgemasters' foundry will cast some of the components for the mooring system but the forged pins, bushes and fasteners will be sourced from outside the group.

The company's machine shop will finish machine the pins and assemble the units. Specialist coating of the components to withstand the harsh environment of the North Sea will also be outsourced.

The finished units will form a crucial part of the heavy-duty mooring system which will hold the Aoka Mizu in place and connect it to a submersible buoy during its forthcoming operations at the Ettrick oil field, Northeast of Aberdeen.

PIC CAPTION: Artists impression of the Aoka Mizu.