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Scour Prevention Systems to showcase pipeline decommissioning tyre mats

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Award-winning technology developed in the east of England is to be presented as a cost-saving solution for North Sea decommissioning at a major industry conference in Scotland this week.

Scour Prevention Systems will showcase how its patented scour prevention mats using end-of-life tyres offer alternative effective protection for decommissioning oil and gas pipelines to delegates at this week’s Decommissioning: Technology Innovation Platform event hosted by Decom North Sea and the Oil and Gas Innovation Centre.

The company, based at OrbisEnergy, Lowestoft, is one of 10 companies chosen to present technology that has the potential to help companies achieve the 35% decommissioning cost reduction targeted by the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA).

Speakers at Thursday’s event at Aker Solutions’ building in Dyce, Aberdeen, include Colette Cohen, Chief Executive of the Oil and Gas Technology Centre, and Jim Christie, OGA head of decommissioning.

Scour Prevention Systems’ John Best and Alistair Punt will explain to delegates the potential savings of tyre mats compared to traditional methods such as concrete mattresses or rock armour.

They take less time to install, have no threat of pipeline damage and need no direct remedial works.

Furthermore, with an increasing number of cables of offshore wind being installed, the mats provide an effective crossing bridge at an interface with a decommissioned pipeline, they will tell delegates.

“Our aim is to raise awareness that our product is out there as a proven, market-ready and cost effective solution to be considered when people planning decommissioning are evaluating solutions,” said Best.

“Our technology of matrices of recycled vehicle tyres has proved to be very successful and is something we believe potential users need to be made aware of so they have a wider choice.”

“When pipelines are being decommissioned, our mats’ design helps to reinstate seabed cover and leave the pipeline secure and protected in a non-obtrusive manner.”

“The product effectively stablises the seabed over pipelines forming a secure protective layer, protecting the pipeline from exposure and damage, providing a cost effective and easy-to-install solution to pipeline decommissioning.

The mats have been trialled and successfully demonstrated in the North Sea and used to remediate and prevent further scour around offshore wind foundations, and protecting telecoms cables subsea infrastructure.

Lightweight and modular, they require one-off installation without divers or trenching and provide a smooth contour created by the unique properties of the patented design. The mats also protect the pipeline from dragged anchors, fishing equipment and hydrodynamic forces.

Scour Prevention Systems have developed their effective product range, consulting with industry, clients and with assistance from research bodies including expert advice from the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult. They also secured a SCORE grant to help it take its technology to the next phase two years ago and support the development of appropriate lifting and decommissioning procedures.

A new £6 million SCORE programme launched earlier this year at OrbisEnergy will help companies develop their innovations.

The tyre mat invention was a previous winner of the East of England Energy Group’s (EEEGR) Innovation Award.

Best, a former EEEGR CEO, said: “I am particularly delighted that, in my previous role with EEEGR, Scour Prevention Systems’ mats was an innovation award winner and seeing it moving forward into the industrial deployment is particularly exciting.”

Edited from source by Stephanie Roker

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