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Phone: 360.384.4669

Samson's Quantum-12 To Be Used For Subsea Hardware Installation On Shell's Perdido Spar

Ferndale, WA – November 8, 2007 – Samson, the worldwide leader in performance cordage, has been awarded the contract to provide a winch and winch line for the Shell Perdido Spar. The rope will be provided in a continuous 9,200 foot length, and used to lower subsea hardware for installation on the sea floor. The contract calls for 9,200 feet of 2-1/2” Quantum-12, Samson’s high performance rope made with Dyneema®, packaged with a unique traction winch specifically designed for HMPE rope. Samson is partnering with Logan Winch of Houston, TX to develop the hydraulic winch system.
Quantum-12 is a 12-strand rope using a combination of Dyneema®-75 and Samson’s DPX® fiber in a patented construction. The result is a rope with the strength of Dyneema®-75, a higher coefficient of friction, and the superior abrasion and cut resistance achieved with Samson’s DPX® fiber technology. Quantum-12 compares favorably with wire rope in strength, yet at roughly 1/7th the weight, it is particularly suited for ultra-deepwater winch lines.
Using Samson’s high performance synthetic ropes offshore allows the spar’s engineers to use more compact hardware configurations that reduce deck loading and space requirements. Samson’s high strength, lightweight ropes require far less maintenance than wire, won’t rust or corrode, and require no relubing. Easy to handle and easy to splice in the field, they have been proven to reduce operating costs, increase crew safety, and outlast wire in most commercial marine applications.
The Shell Perdido Spar, planned to be moored in 8,000 feet of water will be the deepest production spar in the world.
About Samson:
For over 130 years, Samson has been recognized as a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of high-performance ropes. Among its many innovations, Samson invented the double braid and pioneered the first high modulus polyethylene fiber ropes. Today, Samson engineers continue to pioneer the use of new fiber technology and the development of innovative coatings and constructions to produce ropes with unprecedented performance characteristics. Samson’s research and development team is meeting an ever expanding market need for products with exceptional performance in critical applications. Samson is part of Wind River Holdings™ portfolio of operating companies. For more information about Wind River Holdings™ visit www.windriverholdings.com.
To find out more about Samson call 360.384.4669 or visit our website: www.samsonrope.com