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Turbine flowmeters hold their own

Jun 01, 2012

Despite competition from ultrasonic, Coriolis, and other new-technology flowmeters, turbine flowmeters remain a viable and popular choice for a variety of applications, according to a new report by Wakefield, Massachusetts based Flow Research…

Handling the heavier crudes

Jun 01, 2012

With heavy oil today representing around 70% of the world’s confirmed oil reserves, extraction of the heavier crudes is growing rapidly and there is an increasing need for flow measurement of high viscosity hydrocarbons. NEL's Chris Mills reviews the technological challenges ahead…

Big pull for Triton polymer liners

May 27, 2012

Pipeline rehabilitation and life extension specialist Swagelining lay claim to the longest ever single insertion pull length of 1500m while installing polymer liners into pre-constructed subsea pipeline spools. Under contract to Subsea 7…

Plumbing the depths

Apr 01, 2012

We are moving away from being subsea plumbers into people who are deeply integrated into the full value chain of the subsea production system,’ Peter Blake, subsea systems manager with Chevron Technology Company, told Subsea 2012 attendees. In the past…

Circumferential MFL joins pipe integrity line

Mar 03, 2012

Circumferential magnetic flux leakage (MFL) inspection technology, which enables pipeline operators to identify anomalies in pipeline long seams and more effectively manage the risk associated with cracks in long seam welds, has been added to the Baker Hughes pipeline service portfolio…

Cold cure for piping connections

Mar 03, 2012

There is growing interest in ‘cold based’ operations which dispense completely with the gases, ignition sources, flames and hot work associated with welding for piping repair construction, modification and tie-in work, especially on ageing offshore infrastructure…

Petrofac

Mar 03, 2012

Petrofac has acquired KW, a UK-based high-end subsea pipeline consulting and engineering services business with offices in Woking and Aberdeen.

Cold cure for piping connections

Mar 01, 2012

There is growing interest in ‘cold based' operations which dispense completely with the gases, ignition sources, flames and hot work associated with welding for piping repair construction, modification and tie-in work, especially on ageing offshore infrastructure…

Heading for the deeps

Mar 01, 2012

Saipem's new pipelay giant Castorone, currently under construction at Keppel shipyard in Singapore, will replace the veteran Castoro Sei as the contractor's flagship vessel for laying large diameter pipelines and serving the growing deep- and ultra-deepwater markets…

Coatings cut to a new cloth

Mar 01, 2012

Whether it's providing protection for kit in HP/HT environments, keeping corrosion at bay or defending vessels against fouling or iceberg damage, the offshore industry sure does ask a lot of its paint jobs nowadays.Jennifer Pallanich talks to…

Handling the heat subsea

Mar 01, 2012

Subsea hot tapping specialist TD Williamson has been called upon lately to assist with a number of Southeast Asian gas line tie-ins without recourse to costly and disruptive production shutdowns. TDW's Bancha Pitayagulsarn and Ray Foster discuss the planning and successful execution of these jobs…

Slimming down for the deeps

Mar 01, 2012

A new thinner-walled pipeline concept developed by DNV is claimed capable of significantly reducing the cost of a deep- and ultra-deepwater gas pipeline while still complying with the strictest safety and integrity regime. Meg Chesshyre reports…

Flowline installed

Feb 10, 2012

Mooring Systems’ 150t spooler for the BP Valhall flowline.Aberdeen-based Moorings Systems has completed the installation of a flexible export flowline to transfer water to a DP tanker at the BP Valhall platform complex in the Norwegian North Sea…

MRI-based pipeline monitoring

Feb 10, 2012

The UC-Berkeley, California spin-out 4D Imaging has unveiled a pipeline integrity monitoring system based on magnetic-resonance imaging (MRI). The system transmits the status of a pipeline to the internet and gives pipeline operators a real-time picture of the health of the pipeline…

Oselvar I-spool

Feb 10, 2012

Serimax recently fabricated, field joint coated and hydrotested an 85m pipe-in-pipe I-spool on behalf of Technip for Dong Energy’s Oselvar field in the Norwegian North Sea. The I-spool comprises a 10in Super Duplex pipe, insulated along its length…

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