DOT 2015: Saipem presents new, developing subsea projects

Offshore staff

THE WOODLANDS, TexasSaipem’s stand at the Deep Offshore Technology International Conference & Exhibition is showcasing a number of the promising subsea projects the company currently has under development.

Saipem has a range of technologies aimed at the subsea sector in the pipeline, including in the areas of seawater treatment, oil and gas processing, electrical heating for flowlines and risers, and offshore installation. In many cases, these technologies are being developed together with potential clients and major industrial and academic partners.

The company has chosen to focus principally on three innovations at the event:

  • Fusion Bonded Joint (FBJ), a new technology for coating pipes with plastic materials, developed and successfully certified for J-lay pipelaying
  • SPRINGS, a subsea seawater desulfation unit developed in partnership with Total and Veolia
  • Modular Multipipe, a new separation system designed to offer gravity separation in deepwater, while satisfying all the challenging requirements of installation and maintenance. 

Additionally, the company was seen highlighting its SpoolSep subsea gravity liquid-liquid separator for bulk water separation, currently under development. Made of several parallel pipes, it is a process solution to remove and re-inject produced water for deepwater, ultra-deepwater, and high-pressure applications. It will employ gravity separation and a flexible design that Saipem believes will allow the unit to cope with a wide range of applications including high flowrate. The water treatment component of SpoolSep is being produced under cooperation with Veolia Water.

Off the showroom floor, DOT’s conference program has seen Saipem chair and contribute to a session on Subsea Technology Advancements, as well as delivering presentations on Pipeline Construction & Installation and Riser Management & Subsea Processing.

Saipem, a subsidiary of Italian operator Eni, said that deepwater offshore looks set to remain a promising market in the medium and long-term, with a number of fields beginning to be developed in West Africa, Brazil, and the Gulf of Mexico. A key factor that will determine the success of these initiatives is industry capacity to properly react and adapt its practices to work more efficiently, the service contractor noted.


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