AUTOMATIC WELDING SYSTEM GETS FIRST USE IN NORTH SEA

Allseas Marine Contractors SA's new automatic welding system "Phoenix" has been first used aboard the company's Lorelay pipelay vessel for Amoco Netherlands as part of a gas development project in the Dutch North Sea. The system was used to weld approximately 40 km of 26 in. x 16 mm (0.630 in.) W.T. carbon steel gas-export pipeline between the P15D platform and the tie-in to the landfall section at the Hook of Holland, near Europort in The Netherlands. Repair rates were lower than for

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