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Industry Focus: Cable Management

Oglaend System is a veteran to the oil and gas industry's cable management sector, formed over three decades ago in Norway and with a regional subsidiary opened in Dubai three years ago.

Industry Focus: Cable Management
Oglaend System chairman and company founder, Gunnstein Austigard.
Industry Focus: Cable Management
Oglaend System installed 17 500m of OE-ladders and 55 000m of SPB-RF40 trays and cable channels for the ConocoPhillips Bayu-Undan offshore facilities.

Oglaend System is a veteran to the oil and gas industry's cable management sector, formed over three decades ago in Norway and with a regional subsidiary opened in Dubai three years ago."No place has higher requirements with respect to quality, weight, safety and corrosion resistance than the oil and gas industry on the North Sea shelf. Our 30 year pedigree of close collaboration with the industry there has given us the advantage to test our products under the harshest conditions imaginable," explains company chairman, Gunnstein Austigard.

"Our engineers work closely with our customers and through this collaboration we have developed the MultiGrid system which has been designed to support all disciplines with fixing points including piping, whatever purpose."

The MultiGrid from Oglaend System allows for normal construction practices for new plants and installations while enabling last minute project modifications and subsequent maintenance and modification work to be completed. The latter is achieved without the need for time consuming, costly and potentially dangerous hot work permit operations, thanks to its bolt-on/screw principle.

Austigard says the system is an ideal solution for a wide variety of energy industry applications, but is particularly well suited to drilling rigs, offshore platforms, FPSOs, FSRUs, petrochemical plants, LNG terminals, as well as other upstream and midstream applications where cable management can be a complex mixture of safety and installation efficiency.Beyond the MultiGrid, Oglaend System has a wide portfolio of cable management systems to support the industry's need for cable trays, lighting trunking, and FRP ladders, as well as clamps and fixing for cables, pipes and tubes.

"In the oil and gas industry safety is obviously paramount, so we comply with the specifications, which are mostly given by the owner of the project, but our installed equipment is usually based on DNV standards or American Petroleum Institute(API) and British standards, which are widely used."

Austigard adds that Oglaend System has been involved in some very interesting projects lately. "And we're excited about bringing that know-how to the Middle East oil and gas market," says Austigard.

Among these landmark projects is the Bayu-Undan, a huge oilfield in the Timor Sea offshore Australia, operated by ConocoPhillips. This field is being developed by three jacket platforms, the topside decks for each weighing in at a massive 30 000 tonnes. Oglaend System delivered over 17 500 metres of OE-ladders and approximately 55 000 metres of SBF-RF40 trays and cable channels for the topsides.

Regionally, the Pearl GTL in Qatar is receiving the Oglaend System treatment. Pearl will be the world's largest plant of its type, converting natural gas into 140 000 barrels per day of clean-burning liquid products.  Oglaend System has a contract for supplying the key process plant and jetties.

For these packages the company has produced 65 000m of cable ladder and 175 000m of cable tray - plus accessories. "Our ability to rethink our business - and to understand customer's needs has resulted in a huge range of products. Our goal is to help clients cut overall costs, both in the short and long run," says  Austigard.

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