INSULATING TECHNIQUE TO SEE FIRST USE IN NORTH SEA DEVELOPMENT

A new pipeline-insulating technique that saves heating costs and eliminates or reduces hydrate formation will see its first use as part of Total Oil Marine plc's development of the Dunbar field in the U.K.'s North Sea sector. The proprietary insulation was jointly developed by Interpipe and Total S.A., Paris. It is at least four times more efficient than standard insulation, according to Total, in retarding hydrate formation in the gas, condensate, and produced water that will move 15

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