Malaysia Subsea Contract Goes to Cortez

Malaysia Subsea Contract Goes to Cortez
This photo shows Cortez Subsea personnel preparing equipment for work on a trailblazing offshore Malaysia project. PHOTO SOURCE: Cortez Subsea

Cortez Subsea reported Monday that it is mobilizing its Grand Canyon II offshore vessel to lay the first-ever subsea pipeline using mechanical connectors offshore Malaysia.

“In a lower-for-longer industry, looking at new ways of working is essential and at Cortez we consider a careful technology mix for quicker, safer and cleaner pipelay which satisfies our client’s challenges,” Murray Ross, general manager and director of Cortez Subsea in Malaysia, commented in a written statement emailed to Rigzone.

According to Cortez, it will also mobilize the Global 1201 vessel to lay the mechanically connected pipeline system for Vestigo Petroleum’s Tembikai Non-Associated Gas (TNAG) Development. The subsea firm noted that it is executing the work along with Alam Maritim Resources Berhad. Cortez noted that it will provide engineering, procurement and operational services from its Kuala Lumpur office under a consortium agreement with Alam.

Ross stated that Cortez is using proprietary NOV-Tuboscope “Zap-Lok” connectors for the TNAG project. He noted the connectors will be joined to the rigid subsea pipeline using diverless connections.

“The Zap-Lok technology is proven with more than 7,000 kilometers of subsea hydrocarbon pipelines installed worldwide and zero recorded failures in operation of over 70,000 joints,” Ross remarked. “It’s also approved by Lloyds Register and Bureau Veritas for hydrocarbons.”

Ross also noted that Cortez will connect the pipeline using the Stinger Deployed Diverless Connector (SDDC) technology, which it developed with AFGlobal.

“We take collaboration and research and development very seriously to take new and proven technology and customizing it for subsea and operational efficiencies,” concluded Ross.

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