Aker takes Elastopipe for Buzzard water system

Offshore staff

ABERDEEN, UK -- Trelleborg Offshore Norway has supplied a flexible piping system to Aker Solutions for use on Nexen’s Buzzard platform in the North Sea.

Aker Solutions’ Aberdeen division used the Elastopipe FOR (Fire and Oil Resistant) technology during installation of new produced water piping tie-ins, inlet, outlet, and return lines to the existing degasser and overboard to the platform’s produced water caisson.

Thomas Cook, Aker Solutions’ lead piping engineer on the project, said: “By looking beyond the conventional North Sea solutions we have saved our client an estimated £400,000 and up to 10 weeks project time compared to going the traditional pipe route.

“This would have involved the onshore fabrication of numerous pipespools and pipe supports. This, allied to the timescale of delivery of materials and manhours spent on the dimensional control of pipespools, would have meant missing the target installation completion date and would also have incurred many more offshore manhours for the construction and scaffolding manpower required for the more conventional installation.

“While Elastopipe products have been used extensively throughout the North Sea for firewater deluge replacement and new systems, this was the first time Elastopipe FOR has been used for produced water service.”


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