BUNDLED PIPE SPEEDS OFFSHORE LAYING

John Brockbank Avon Industrial Polymers Ltd. Melksham, Wiltshire U.K. Technology which allows pipelines to be installed in bundles is expediting pipelay operations, especially in the North Sea. The "piggyback" system was recently used on 60 km of North Sea gas pipelines for three major projects: Britoil's Amethyst project, ARCO's Welland, and Hamilton Bros.' Ravenspurn (Fig. 1).

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