Statoil tests, adopts deepwater pipe tool

Statoil has successfully tested Matis on its Gullfaks satellites Phase II project.Click here to enlarge imageStatoil, after tests on its Gullfaks Satellites Phase II project, has adopted a new subsea tool that allows flanged piping to be assembled in deep water without diver assistance.Developed in cooperation with Stolt Offshore, the new remote-control technology is called "Matis" for "modular advanced tie-in system" (Fig. 1).The tool was tested on four pipelines in 215 m of water on the Gullfaks Satellites Phase II project. The pipelines, 22 and 24 in. OD, were tied back to Gullfaks C with the help of the new tool.Statoil says it forms a part of its pipeline-repair system (PRS), a col...

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