Innovations drive pipeline installation in Cook Inlet

In summer 2002, three pipelines were installed by the pull method to Forest Oil Corp.'s Redoubt Shoal field Osprey platform, Cook Inlet, Alas., in a project that used new technology in several areas.The line pipe consisted entirely of heavy-wall seamless tubulars designed to remain stable in tidal currents up to 13 fps. The pipe was coated with three-layer polypropylene for abrasion resistance and reduction of friction factor. Forest Oil Corp.'s Osprey platform sits in Cook Inlet, Alas. (Photograph from Forest Oil by Judy Patrick)Click here to enlarge imagenullThe three pipeline shore approaches each consisted of 12.75-in. OD x 1,800-ft long drilled approaches that were initiated...

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