STOCKHOLM, Sweden—Two of Trelleborg A.B.'s businesses have been awarded significant contracts for major projects in Norway and England.
Its offshore operation has landed a pact to produce rubber thermal insulation, corrosion and passive fire protection products for use on the new Johan Sverdrup oil field in the North Sea, located off Norway.
In England, Trelleborg's anti-vibration solutions operation secured an order to supply rail suspension products for a highly touted Crossrail project and a new fleet of trains.
Financial details were not disclosed.
The contract in Norway calls for the offshore business to supply its Vikotherm R2 thermal insulation coating, which will be applied to 12 risers, along with its corrosion coating for 195 riser guides, 40 caisson guides and 15 J-tube guides.
Production of the products will begin at Trelleborg's plant in Krokstadelva, Norway, in September and will continue until May 2017, a spokeswoman said.
Trelleborg is working closely with Kvaerner, the new oil field's contractor that awarded the contract, on the project, said Ben Erik Jansen, business group director at the company's offshore operation in Norway.
With Trelleborg in the fold, Kvaerner has reduced the number of suppliers for insulation, corrosion and fire protection requirements, which is expected to save the contractor significant time and money, Trelleborg said.
Vikotherm R2 rubber is chemically resistant to most corrosive liquids, gasses, salt water, ozone and UV-light, all of which are corrosive agents commonly encountered in the offshore environment, according to Jansen.
Designed to last a minimum of 30 years, he said, the high performance rubber-based composite insulates and protects jumpers, manifolds, risers, pipe lines, flow lines, equipment and other subsea structures.
Trelleborg's other contract in England was awarded by Bombardier Transportation to Trelleborg's industrial anti-vibration solutions operation. It calls for Trelleborg to provide a complete suite of primary and secondary suspension products for Bombardier's new advanced class 345 trains.
The trains will operate on the new high frequency, high capacity Crossrail line across London. The suspension components, including Primary Conical Springs and air spring systems, will use Trelleborg's fire retardant protective coating, DragonCoat, according to Rod Holroyd, rail global market manager for the anti-vibration operation.
He said work on the project will begin in the fourth quarter and will continue through 2018.
DragonCoat reduces the flammability of the products and delays smoke, toxic emissions and the onset of flames, the company said. It also increases evacuation time by up to three minutes, providing optimum fire safety assurance, it said.
“Correct rail suspension specification is important for many reasons. It has to perform perfectly for passenger comfort and safety, over a long time and ensure compliance throughout,” Holroyd said.
Trelleborg's Metalastik type air spring systems combine large horizontal displacements and low frequency ride characteristics for all conditions, he said. Its Metacone spring is a compact suspension unit. The rubber is loaded in combined shear and compression and offers optimum load deflection properties, he added.