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The CAN is an Innovative Approach to Well Foundation Design

Conductor Anchor Node (CAN) Conductor Support Technology is an innovative subsea well foundation system that achieves cost, schedule, environmental and strength benefits for offshore exploration and development wells.


The CAN-ductor is an integrated suction CAN/conductor/wellhead that replaces the traditional drilled/cemented or jetted conductor.   

The CAN is a combination of a suction anchor and a guide pipe, which acts as a conduit. The suction anchor is used for pushing the guide pipe into the seabed and for providing top support for the conductor.

This patented, innovative approach of installing a subsea wellhead foundation was developed in order to facilitate the installation of conductors with light vessels and subsea conductor driving.

ICON recently deployed and subsequently recovered a CAN-ductor for Woodside Energy Ltd for the Ferrand-A exploration well. 

At the time of the installation the following records were achieved:

  • First CAN-ductor installation in Australia.
  • World First CAN-ductor in carbonate sediments.
  • Deepest water depth CAN-ductor installation.
  • World first – skidding of a CAN-ductor over the stern roller of an AHTS
  • Proves technology for future applications in Australian conditions.
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