Optimized designs

Baker Hughes offers a wide range of tensioner systems, from conventional pull-up tensioners typically seen on tension leg platforms (TLPs), to long-stroke, in-line ram tensioners traditionally used on spar platforms. We optimize our designs on a project-by-project basis to meet your specific requirements with the most compact, cost-effective solution.


Conventional TLP tensioners
  • Compensate for angular offset between vessel and riser
  • Compact systems for shorter strokes to save on deck spacing
  • Cylinders replaceable during operation
  • Configurable cassette frame for lower centralizer during drilling operations
  • Large opening through cassette frame for passing tieback connectors
  • Composite accumulator bottle for weight savings up to 80% over alternative designs


Ram-style tensioners
  • All operations above lower deck
  • Full piston area used to develop tension, resulting in higher capacities
  • 80% reduction in fluid volume, leaving more volume for gas and resulting in low-stiffness systems
  • All components, including accumulators (if needed), can be mounted in a single well bay
  • High-pressure seals are all internal. Seals that interface with exposed seal surfaces are for low pressure annulus containment only
  • System internally reacts to bending moments if a cylinder loses pressure
  • Allow for use of short, untapered tension joint

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