Subsea 7 Inc. has successfully launched and installed its sixtieth pipeline bundle - a1.3km pipeline bundle for BP's Machar field in the North Sea.
Subsea 7 was awarded the $22 million fast-track contract earlier this year. The pipeline bundle incorporates a 12" sleeve system containing a dry-insulated 8" lined production pipeline, 6" plastic lined water injection flowline, 3" gas lift line, electrical power and signal cables and hydraulic and chemical controls tubing. The bundle was launched from Wick in the North of Scotland on December 8th 2008 and offshore operations were completed on 16th December 2008.
Robin Davies, Subsea 7's North Sea Vice-President commented, "Subsea 7 has been using bundle technology now for over 30 years and it is still very important in both North Sea and international subsea developments, neatly incorporating all structures, valve work, pipelines and control systems necessary to operate a field. The safe and timely completion of the BP Machar bundle launch and installation demonstrates the capabilities of Subsea 7 in undertaking fast-track projects such as this and we are delighted to have assisted BP in bringing the Machar field on-stream."
The project has been managed and engineered from Subsea 7's offices in Aberdeen. Subsea 7 provided project management, detailed design, fabrication, onshore testing, subsea tow and installation of the 1.3km pipeline bundle. Bundle fabrication was undertaken at Subsea 7's Wester bundle fabrication base in the north of Scotland.
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