Joint integrity specialist Hydratight has completed an upgrade project on a section of subsea pipeline on the North West Shelf of Western Australia.
Contracted by Western Australia (WA) based Quadrant Energy Pty Ltd on behalf of the John Brookes Joint Venture, Hydratight engineered, manufactured, delivered and supported the installation of an 18” MORGRIP® connector on the John Brookes subsea pipeline located 54 km north-east of Quadrant’s Varanus Island facilities.
Two of Hydratight’s most experienced engineers, Mark Fisher and Bob Till, who have been in senior industry roles for a combined 65 years, were embedded in the offshore installation team.
A representative from Quadrant Energy oversaw the factory acceptance test of the completed connector in the UK, before witnessing a second test and diver training on arrival in Australia.
Bespoke features were included on the engineered product. These included corrosion resistant alloy cladding, composite graphite seals, Hydratight’s ball and taper technology and also the company’s subsea tensioning equipment.
The MORGRIP® series of connectors is known for a leak-free record since they were first installed in the 1980s as an alternative to welding. They take less manpower and fewer man hours during commissioned projects. The technology is a permanent solution, yet the connector can be detached and reused.