Offshore Petroleum Operations Deepwater pipelay prospects prompt study of mechanical connectors

Warren R. True Pipeline/Gas Processing Editor A joint industry project to study mechanical connectors for pipeline construction will issue results to its participants next month. Although the study addresses mechanical connectors' use in any environment, connectors are being looked at by offshore operators as a means to minimize pipeline-installation costs, especially in deepwater. The joint industry project, dubbed "Low Cost Pipeline Connection Systems," does not compare available connectors but was initiated to specify criteria that operators can use to qualify connectors for use. The project was organized and is now being managed by Hunting Oilfield Services, Aberdeen. Second...

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