Reel-barge saves time in GOM gathering-line pipelay

BP Amoco Pipeline Co., Houston, construction manager and operator of the Main Pass oil gathering system (MPOG), successfully avoided weather-related downtime in the Gulf of Mexico in September 1999 by reeling 8.5 miles of 85/8-in. OD pipe in water depths to 1,130 ft from the Chickasaw reel pipelay barge.Global Industries, operator of the Chickasaw, achieved maximum lay rates of 2,500 fph, trimming about 5 days off a typical pipeline installation.The project illustrates how reel pipelay is being used in the Gulf of Mexico to reduce the duration of offshore pipeline installations, minimize exposure to severe weather, and achieve higher-quality pipe welds, particularly as operators move int...

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