Honeywell announced today that Spectra® fiber will be used in ropes for new offshore oil and gas platforms for Petrobras, the largest oil and gas company in Latin America.
The high-performance fiber, also used extensively in body and vehicle armor, is being incorporated by Cortland, a leading engineered rope maker, into its BOB® 12×12 Fiber Rope, which will be used for the new oil and gas project as part of Rolls-Royce's Fiber Rope Development System (FRDS). Spectra fiber is used in many varieties of industrial rope and cordage, and is, pound-for-pound, 15 times stronger than steel but light enough to float.
"Honeywell Spectra provides the strength and durability needed for demanding oil and gas platforms like this offshore installation," said Brent Gerdes, product marketing manager for Honeywell's Packaging and Composites business. "Cortland and Honeywell have a long partnership in producing superior synthetic fiber rope for deep-water applications and this latest offering brings best-in-class performance while reducing operating costs and maintenance in a demanding environment."
The BOB rope using Spectra was selected for use by Rolls-Royce on their next FRDS, making it the fourth system that uses Cortland's BOB rope and Honeywell Spectra fiber. The new Rolls-Royce FRDS will be used for a five-year contract with Petrobras and leverages the strength of Spectra fiber as part of a deep-water lifting and placement system that has a single fall capacity of 150 tons.