Offshore pipelines are under constant risk of damage. The most recent Pipeline and Riser Loss of Containment (PARLOC) report by the Oil & Gas UK and the Energy Institute details incidents over a 12-year period from 2001 to 2012 in the UKCS.
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Subsea connector specialist, Hydratight has secured a four year contract Statoil Petroleum AS to supply products, services and management for remote pipeline repairs worldwide.
Cleaning subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines up to 250 metres underwater is essential to avoid build-up of sea growth that can damage the integrity of systems.
Hydratight has built expertise in the Norwegian Continental Shelf and Offshore Brazil, which it has now transferred to West Africa. Its subsea connectors range includes remote connectors deepwater applications. They offer the same strength, integrity and reliability as the rest of the mechanical connectors range but in a deepwater specific design which requires no diver intervention.
Many insurance policies guard against human error, yet mechanical problems can prove to be an industry's Achilles heel. The offshore oil and gas industry has a proud safety record and has countless measures in place. But these must be constantly reviewed and updated.
EPRS has always been used as a type of insurance, like the drones spotting sharks. It is a protection against the risks of the unknown, where operators decide on an emergency repair procedure and retain the necessary tooling, equipment and services before a situation occurs. EPRS can then immediately react to unplanned repair, mininimizing the resultant damage to the environment and field operation.
Asset integrity is a far reaching obligation incorporating many factors, which can be a daunting challenge to operators focused on increasing production. However, an industry with such high stakes cannot ignore the potential for pipeline failure. Preventative measures are essential, but can never eliminate risk.
Technology is constantly evolving to meet the demands of the oil & gas industry. James Rowley, Global Subsea Market Development Manager, Hydratight, discusses a number of key developments in pipeline technology and explores the potential changes ahead.
Joint integrity programs (JIP) should be an integral part of every refinery, petrochemical, production, or other industrial-complex facility operations. Hydratight introduces the Best Practise of Joint Integrity Program in the April 2014 issue of Inspectioneering Journal. Download to read the ful article.
James Rowley, Global Subsea Market Development Manager, Hydratight, makes the case for emergency pipeline repair systems in the February 2014 issue of Petroleum Review. Download to read article in full.
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