Test lab to simulate deepwater reeled installation techniques

Offshore staff

LONDONElement Materials Technology is preparing a joint industry project (JIP) to test subsea pipeline installation techniques.

The two-year Advanced Simulation of Pipeline Reeling (ASPIRE) project, due to start on June 1, will target accurate representation of the pipeline reeling process, with a view to deliver advances in methods for pre-qualification testing of pipeline welding in deeper and more corrosive deepwater environments.

Rod Martin, Element’s executive vice president, Oil & Gas, said: “With current methods falling short of accurately simulating the complexities of the real-world reeling process, this JIP is an extremely cost-effective solution for all those involved by working in partnership to increase the industry’s confidence in operating reliably within deepwater environments.”

Specialists from the company’s Aberdeen testing laboratory will collaborate with laboratories in other countries to develop a new, state-of-the-art reeling facility in Aberdeen.

The goal is to provide full-scale cycling strain testing capabilities based on the technical requirements and research findings of participants, and to serve as the blueprint for potential future reeling facilities at laboratories such as Element Houston.


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