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, following 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. 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.
Operators and contractors can become EPRS members to gain 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 joins EPRS member-companies in preparing a full list of MORGRIP and associated engineering needs, offering designs for type approval and regularly updating this information. Members also get advance knowledge of the likely cost of instituting the full repair.
According to Hydratight’s connector product manager Paul Hughes, EPRS members can avoid much of the delay at the front end of the repair including design specification, approvals procedure, costing, and associated advance work.
Once the member’s needs are assessed, Hydratight ensures the steel stock, machining and engineering teams are allocated and always in readiness. To prove system readiness, the EPRS team provides regular paper exercises with the client to ensure the service will run exactly as intended in the event of a genuine emergency.
Several oil and gas operators as well as companies offering complementary emergency services where MORGRIP is an integral part of a larger repair, have signed up for Hydratight’s EPRS system.
Paul adds that Hydratight would earlier need to quote up to two months to deliver one of the larger MORGRIP connectors even in an emergency because of the need to get approvals and costing as well as to assemble the many parts and order the machining necessary.
With the introduction of the EPRS system, club members can look forward to receiving the finished connector in as few as two or three weeks, well within even the sort of shrunken timescales forced on companies by environmental and political expediency.
Hydratight’s emergency response service enables a major accident to be cleared much more quickly while maintaining the same levels of safety.