PIH completes offshore field joint coating
Pipeline Induction Heat (PIH) has completed more than 21,000 field joint coatings offshore in the Caspian Sea as part of BP’s Shah Deniz Project.
PIH has applied heat shrink sleeves and foam infill to the concrete weight coated lines, and injection moulded polypropylene (IMPP) to the insulated lines.
In order to meet the requirements for joint volume and cycle times, PIH’s largest-capacity extruder, which can process up to 1,400 kg/h, was installed on the newly refurbished lay barge Israfil Guseynov.
The BP Shah Deniz field is one of the largest gas-condensate fields located 70 km southeast of Baku, on the deep water shelf of the Caspian Sea.
Shah Deniz Stage 1 began operation in 2006, with the capacity to produce 10 billion m3 of gas each year, while the Shah Deniz Stage 2 project will produce a further 16 billion m3/a.
Gas from the Shah Deniz field is exported through the 42 inch (1,067 mm) diameter, 691 km long, South Caucasus Pipeline, which runs for 443 km in Azerbaijan and then 248 km in Georgia, before reaching Turkey, where it is linked with the Turkish gas distribution system.
First gas from the Shah Deniz Stage 2 is anticipated to flow in 2018.
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