Load-Out of 2200T Jacket In Lobito, Angola
Sarens performs load-out of jacket for Sonamet
February 2024

Sarens was asked to plan, coordinate, and execute the skidding and load-out of a jacket for our trusted client Sonamet. 

Around last Christmas, the Sarens team coordinated with the client and engineered a solution to skid and load-out the jacket onto a barge. The crew decided to deploy four 200T strand jacks for the load-out and twenty ballast pumps to maintain the barge level during the load-out. Maintaining the barge level at all times is a seminal challenge we face with success in this type of operations across the world. For Sarens, this job was no exception. 

The equipment was mobilised in four weeks from Sarens Headquarters in Belgium and set up in three weeks. This showcases the swift and agile capabilities we put in action, setting in motion an international mobilisation plan to help our clients get the job done with no delay. 

The jacket measured 37m in height and weighed 2200T. Considering the tidal situation and the load dimensions, the skid track was laid on the quayside and the barge. Meanwhile, the ballast pumps ensured that the barge remained stable during skidding.

Our crew of seven worked under warm weather and gusty winds to precisely move the jacket onto the barge to be transported to its final destination.

The conditions for coordination were challenging considering the location of the project and the work culture with which Sarens is abundantly familiar as the company now nears over 40 years of presence and consistent work on the African continent. 

Last, this project is further proof of how Sarens can support our clients anywhere in the world, wherever our expertise is needed!

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