PDVSA, Roffco and IMR Global Supply Ltd have completed the first ever project to replace large diameter steel oil pipelines with flexible oil lines. This was conducted using PDVSA’s production units in Lake Maracaibo. IMR Global Supply Ltd performed the installation, using the purpose-built Panama flagged installation vessel, Zumaque Tracer. Aquatic Engineering & Construction Ltd supplied the technicians and equipment.
The first part of the installation was in late 2015 using eighteen reels of GE Oil & Gas/Wellstream, comprising eight reels of 9 in. ID pipe and ten reels of 12 in. ID pipe on 28ft (8.5m) diameter 200Te reels.
The Wellstream reels and Aquatic equipment spread, 500Te modular drive system, 50Te tensioner, and ancillaries, were loaded at Port of Blyth, UK onto transportation vessel, HC Paulina for shipping to Ciudad Ojeba, Venezuela, where all the reels and Aquatic equipment, were transferred to the installation vessel.
Jay Roff, Chief Executive of IMR Global Supply Ltd, stated: “This project has guaranteed the replacement of six existing carbon steel pipelines. Our partnership with Roffco means we can increase our capacity to serve the Oil & Gas industry in Venezuela and the region with our own installation vessels and local technical personnel by working with specialist providers like Aquatic for flexible pipe lay, because we have a high-level of understanding of the safety standards, best practices for operational integrity and the demanding offshore operational conditions in which we operate.”
Managing Director, Martin Charles, said: “Aquatic continues to remain a dependable partner of choice; we are pleased that we have been able to develop a strong working relationship with IMR Global during this project. It is essential that we are able to maintain key customer, partner and operator relationships during the management and delivery of their projects, and I am confident that the success of this partnership will be repeated in the future.”
Edited from press release by Angharad Lock
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