Foam insulation used for GOM oil flowline

A proprietary foam insulation was used on the 6-mile oil flowline for Shell Inc.'s King subsea project in Mississippi Canyon Block 807 in the Gulf of Mexico. - Newly coated pipe joints await welding and J-lay installation aboard McDermott's DB50 laybarge in late 1999 as part of subsea pipeline construction in the Gulf of Mexico.Manufacturer Cuming Corp., Avon, Mass., said the subsea flowline was coated with its C-THERM syntactic foam insulation, becoming the first major subsea piping system insulated by the C-THERM cast-on-pipe process.More than 6 miles of flowline were coated with the syntactic foam, which is tested and rated for 20 years of service at a depth of 3,300 ft and a t...

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