Riser protection products

Balmoral riser impact protection modules

Riser impact protection

The Balmoral riser impact protection system allows the bare joint to be stored in the same stack as buoyant riser joints and minimises the chance of operational damage during deployment and recovery.

When running a bare riser string, ie, without buoyancy modules, several problems can be encountered on the drill platform including:

Storage difficulties because of the differences and irregularities in profile
Impact damage while being passed through the rotary table

To minimise damage during operations Balmoral Offshore Engineering provides a selection of riser impact protection systems:

Rotationally moulded polyethylene modules for standard protection
A combination of polyethylene and polyurethane elastomer modules for heavy duty protection and maximum stacking

These products are engineered to provide maximum impact and abrasion protection whilst at the same time being lightweight and easy to handle.

Dressed drill riser buoyancy joint with riser impact protection

Dressed drilling riser joint with riser protection

Balmoral riser protection modules are fitted around the riser with moulded apertures accommodating auxiliary lines and riser clamps.

Riser stacking shims

In addition to riser impact protection modules BOE manufactures polyurethane elastomer stacking shims which provide intermediate protection along the riser length and are suitable for protecting standard slick joints, pup and telescopic joints.

Dressed drilling riser joint with shims

Dressed drilling riser joint with shims

Pin and box end protection

When transporting and storing drill riser joints, pin and box end connectors are always subject to potential damage.

To prevent unnecessary and expensive repair work to these critical areas, Balmoral Offshore Engineering provides a range of lightweight, high impact and abrasion resistant elastomer protectors.

With growing numbers of drilling contractors recognising the latest in high performing PU pin and box end protection, Balmoral Offshore Engineering can help achieve easier handling, fitting, transportation and storage by providing these highly cost effective products.

Pin and box end protection
Elastomer pin and box end protector

Balmoral elastomer protectors

Typically 25kg or less per unit
Exceptional abrasion resistance
Non-corrosive PU-based materials
Meets H&S criteria for single-man lift
Quick and simple installation, no tools required
Can be re-used over many projects
Corporate graphics can be moulded into the product
corroded steel pin and box end protector

Traditional steel protectors

Very heavy, 50kg+ each
Low abrasion resistance
Prone to corrosion
Heavy two-man handling
Unwieldy installation
Generally one-off use due to irreparable damage
Difficult to identify

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