Global joint integrity specialist Hydratight has launched an updated emergency pipeline repair system to offer better disaster planning and contingency services to operators and contractors in the oil and gas industry.
Oil and gas operators are under increasing pressure to provide safer, faster and more effective contingency plans to react to major accidents as a result of the Gulf disaster in early 2011.
Hydratight Australia Commercial Leader Neil Ferguson explains that the potential for environmental damage of subsea pipelines requires a critical level of risk management and repair planning by the industry.
Hydratight’s tailored Emergency Pipeline Repair System (EPRS) provides a way for operators and installation contractors to meet their pipeline contingency needs with greater urgency through guaranteed highest-priority treatment and fast delivery of the required Hydratight MORGRIP device and expert installation assistance, if required.
Hydratight’s MORGRIP mechanical connectors have been the world standard for weldless pipeline tie-in, repair and emergency contingencies, both topside and subsea for over 20 years.
Hydratight works with EPRS member-companies to prepare a full list of MORGRIP and associated engineering needs including design specifications, approvals procedure, costing and associated advance work while regularly updating this information to eliminate much of the delay at the front end of the repair process.
Once assessment of the member’s needs is completed, Hydratight ensures the steel stock, machining and engineering teams are allocated and always in readiness. System readiness is constantly tested with the EPRS team conducting regular paper exercises with the client to ensure the service will run exactly as intended in the event of a genuine emergency. Several large operators have signed up for the service.
Hydratight’s connector product manager Paul Hughes explains that delivering one of the larger MORGRIP connectors five years back would take up to two months even in an emergency because of the time-consuming front end processes such as specifications, approvals and costing.
EPRS member-companies can expect their finished connectors in just 2-3 weeks, ensuring that a major accident can be cleared much more quickly with the same dedication to safety.
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