Tata Steel Showcases Deepwater Pipeline Solutions at OTC
Tata Steel is demonstrating its ability to deliver pipeline solutions to some of the world’s most challenging and complex projects at this year’s Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston May 6-9 2013.
As global demand for key energy sources increases and the search for hydrocarbons takes the industry into deeper and more difficult environments, Tata Steel products will continue to play a vital part in their extraction and distribution offshore, meeting even the most demanding of offshore line pipe requirements.
The company has an extensive track record in every stage of hydrocarbon recovery, from exploration and drilling, oil and gas production and transportation through to refining, processing and developing renewable technologies.
Tata Steel recently completed a £100 million ($150 million) project to provide pipe for the Discovery Producer Services L.L.C. (Discovery) gas pipeline in Keathley Canyon, Gulf of Mexico. Discovery is a 60:40 joint venture between Williams Partners L.P. and DCP Midstream Partners L.P.
Tata Steel supplied Discovery’s Keathley Canyon ConnectorTM with 214 miles (345km) of 20-inch diameter submerged arc welded line pipe, weighing more than 110,000 metric tonnes, which was manufactured at the company’s 42-inch mill in Hartlepool, UK. The pipe was laid at water depths of up to 7,380 feet (2,250 metres) and is designed to meet the required specification for deepwater conditions.
Under the banner of ‘Together we make the difference’, Tata Steel will use OTC to highlight how it can help customers to succeed in their markets by supplying differentiated products and services, backed up by a global footprint and world-class manufacturing capabilities.
Richard Broughton, commercial manager for Pipelines & Petrochemical at Tata Steel, said: “Tata Steel applies decades of experience and expert knowledge to deliver strong, reliable and innovative pipeline solutions for challenging and complex projects around the world.
“At OTC this year, we will be showcasing our proven success in providing line pipe for deepwater conditions in the Gulf of Mexico, Brazil, the UKCS and Russia. Recent contracts have been awarded based on our excellent dimensional tolerance control, enabling us to offer enhanced deepwater anti-collapse properties, easy fit-up and fast lay rates.”
Tata Steel’s pipeline packages include double submerged arc welded (DSAW) line pipe, manufactured at the 42-inch mill in Hartlepool, which is equipped with the strongest edge crimping and ‘O’ press combination in the world. This enables the manufacture of thicker wall DSAW pipes even in smaller diameters, ideal for withstanding the extreme collapse pressures in the deepest waters. The company’s unique capability in thick-walled pipe, combined with its trademark tight tolerances, means its line pipe offers further significant advantages during pipe lay.
Tata Steel produces high frequency induction (HFI) welded pipe for reel lay projects, which offers a consistently shorter procurement schedule, superior ovality and wall thickness tolerance to that of seamless line pipe. This leads to reduced costs at both the design, welding and installation stages, whilst maintaining exceptional product integrity.
The company also manufactures and project manages pipe-in-pipe solutions for high pressure, high temperature (HPHT) pipelines and risers, spools and bends. This comprehensive range of insulation options enables it to supply the optimum thermal efficiency.
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