PHOTO: InterMoor Building ‘Monster’ Suction Pile

Acteon’s mooring technology specialist, InterMoor, has shared an update on its “monster” suction pile project, currently underway at its manufacturing facility in Morgan City, Louisiana in the United States.

Suction piles are a long steel cylinder topped with a pile top or cap. The cap comprises valves to assist with embedment as well as connections that differ depending on the use of the pile.

Suction piles have been used as mooring anchors and foundations. For nearly three decades, they have been effective foundations for pipeline initiations and terminations, as well as subsea manifolds and pump stations.

At 32 feet diameter and 50 feet long, this ALM pile is said it will weigh over 200 tonnes and will be one of the largest ever installed in the Gulf of Mexico.

It is said that you can play half court basketball on its top plate.

This first can is only the first of five, each 10ft high (3 meters), that will be stacked on top of each other to form the final pile.

Subsea World News Staff

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