Pipeline challenges magnified in arctic, deepwater conditions

02/19/2007
The difficulties entailed in pipeline installation, operation, and maintenance are magnified dramatically in the challenging physical and geographical conditions that deepwater and arctic operations present.Compounding the challenge of technological solutions to accommodate such conditions is the charge that pipeline operators and contractors carry in these areas, in that they are also environmentally sensitive.Deepwater challengesUltradeepwater pipelaying is clearly a challenge, with water depths of 3,000 m being targeted for some development, noted Allen Leatt, chief technology office for Acergy SA (formerly Stolt Offshore), Sunbury-on-Thames, England.“At this depth, very large la...
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