Customers number one choice
IQIP has been involved in driving piles for conductors on- and offshore since the early 1970s, with the invention of our Hydrohammer. Ever since, our IQIP Hydrohammer is the number one choice for conductor installation. Safety, reliability, and power are essential in these projects, and that is what IQIP has proven to deliver.
Conductor piling happens on- and offshore in challenging conditions, IQIP built a great track-record covering projects in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, USA and the Middle East.
Hammer sizes and abilities that fit the job
Our hammer range of S-90, S-150 and S-200 are most commonly used for conductor piling. The power and reliability of the Hydrohammer are heavily tested. Driving piles over 125m subsea and a further over 155m below the mudline to reach target depths. The slim design of the Hydrohammer is ideal for tight spaces, which favours them over competitors. Due to the anvil design, sleeves can be adjusted to suit any casing diameter. Tailor-made modifications such as double pad-eye for ease of lifting in the drill rig are available. For onshore use, the relatively low weight and efficiency make it the preferred option.
Next to that, clients value the Hydrohammer's ability to drive conductors with pinpoint accuracy, and always reaching its target depth. The longest conductor driven measured up to 125 meters from the rig floor to the conductor's toe.
In case of subsea installation of conductors, IQIP is able to provide a FastFrame for pre-piling of conductors. This has a significant benefit to an end client as it allows for driving operations to be carried out on a smaller installation vessel. This lowers offshore vessel day rates, as a drilling rig would be chartered for fewer days to develop a new oil or gas field. To read more about pre-conductor driving operations, click on this link.
Alternative installation methods such as pile toe driving have been performed for the Peon project. Via the pile toe driving method, the energy is transferred to the soil where soil resistance is the highest.