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Subsea Innovation wins pipeline repair clamp order

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Subsea Innovation, one of the world leading subsea equipment suppliers with over 25 years’ experience delivering projects into the offshore industry, has announced the securing of a multi-million pound order from engineering, construction and service experts Subsea 7 i-Tech Services.

The order is one of the largest of its type in the world is to provide five ROV installed structural pipeline repair clamps, which will form part of an emergency pipeline repair systems (EPRS) supporting pipelines off the north and northwest coasts of Australia. The systems will act as contingency in the event that the main trunklines transporting the gas need to be repaired.

The five systems cover pipes across a range of diameters between: 20 in. and 44 in. The project is a significant award for the company and follows on from a successful 2015, which delivered a record turnover of over £11 million. The designs will be tested to DNV pipeline tolerances at up to 328 bar. and are suitable for operating temperatures ranging from 0 - 75°C. The design and build process will be monitored and certified to the exacting standards of the internationally recognised body DNV.

In addition to clamps Subsea Innovation also offer a full range of structural pipeline connectors suitable for EPRS amongst other offshore tie in operations and have earlier this year delivered a pair of 16 in. connectors to RasGas in Qatar as part of another significant order. Past projects have seen these products successfully deployed off the coasts of the Middle East, USA, Europe and also in Trinidad.

Finance Director, Phil Heathcock, said: “Securing this contract from Subsea 7 i-Tech Services demonstrates our capability to secure one of the largest EPRS orders available in the world and we look forward to working with our client and the operators to deliver this project on time, on spec and in budget.”

Subsea Innovation will deliver the project from its recently built headquarters, Innovation House, ideally situated on the Faverdale Industrial Estate near Darlington, which provides excellent transport links by road, rail and air. The office building and 40 000 ft2 manufacturing facility, originally opened in November 2014 by HRH The Duke of Gloucester, boasts world class facilities for a business of this type which includes manufacturing bays serviced by overhead cranes of up to 60 t, on site machining, a PU manufacturing facility and a floodable test pit to provide indoor wet testing of subsea systems.

Subsea Innovations well proven product range also includes passive and active J-tube seals, suitable for installation by both divers and ROV, pipe-in-pipe waterstop seals and hang-off systems for all flexible products. The business also supplies a range of launch and recovery A-frames and tether management systems having built over 100 of these currently in operation with third-party ROV spreads around the globe.

Building on the breadth of experience within the company and the strengthening of the engineering team the company has seen a growth in bespoke engineering projects over recent years, they can provide a turnkey concept to delivery service, successfully completing fast turnaround projects including diamond wire cutting machines, complex moon pool deployment handling systems and intelligent diver-less mattress lay.

Full support is always available from the experienced offshore qualified staff and many products have been successfully installed worldwide during early 2016. Recent trips saw technicians operating off the coast of Sweden, installing a pair of active J-tube seals, which were designed, manufactured and tested in March. At the time of writing technicians are out assisting clients in Houston with pre installation reeling tests for pipe-in-pipe waterstop seals with the full batch delivery scheduled for May.

Managing Director Dave Thompson said “We have been fortunate that even during the industry downturn we have been in a position to take on top class engineering talent from across the industry sectors, this has brought the wide level of experience required to drive the diversification needed to stay at the cutting edge of subsea innovation.”

Edited from source by Stephanie Roker

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