|Image: MORGRIP mechanical connector/Hydratight|
Hydratight has won a pipeline connector order from Subsea 7 to support their Emergency Pipeline Repair System (EPRS) project in Australia.
The repair system is part of the contingency planning for multiple pipelines associated with Chevron Australia’s liquefied natural gas assets and INPEX’s Ichthys LNG Project off the northwest coast of Australia.
Hydratight has been providing EPRS coverage since the late 1980s and is an engineering firm in the field of contingency repair.
This win is the result of an established and successful track record in the industry for pipeline repairs and connectivity with the MORGRIP mechanical connector. This is in addition to a two year research, development and testing program conducted by Hydratight’s engineering team based in UK in collaboration with Subsea 7.
This ultimately provided a custom-engineered MORGRIP Connector solution to meet the exact specification required for these assets, which included a self-supporting connector solution (no pipe end abutment) for pipelines up to 44in in diameter.
“This latest self-supporting connector design is capable of withstanding both pressure and external loading,” said David Tromans, Emergency Pipeline Repair System (EPRS) Product manager for Hydratight.