Pipeline Project Success Opens New Markets for Norson

Norson Services, the UK market leader in pipeline, process and umbilical services, has just completed its first deepwater pipeline operation offshore Egypt using newly developed technology. The success of this project will see the Aberdeen-based company complete work on the remaining 21 pipelines in a contract worth over $6 million.

In an alliance with Weatherford International Limited, Norson Services was appointed by Technip Offshore UK Limited to provide pre-commissioning services to the Simian, Sienna and Sapphire Development project. This development is in the Egyptian Mediterranean West Delta Deep Marine Fields and will supply the Egyptian LNG export project.

As part of this contract, Norson Services developed a subsea remote flooding module which was able to flood and pig pipelines in water depths of almost 1,000 meters to clean them and allow pressure testing.

Les Graves, Director of Norson's Pipeline, Process and Umbilical division, says: "Newly installed pipelines are laid on the seabed at atmospheric pressure. Our remote flooding module uses the available seawater pressure outside the pipe as a source of power and water to flood and pig the lines whilst still meeting the desired filtration and chemical protection specifications. The benefit of our remote system is that it is ROV friendly and removes the need for connection to a surface vessel, thus saving substantial costs and time.

The success of Norson's remote flooding module opens up new global markets for Norson in areas of deepwater.

Mr. Graves adds: "With oilfield developments moving into even greater water depths, there are now opportunities for Norson which would not have been open to us before Now we have a tried and tested deepwater product which can save clients time and money, we are anticipating significant growth in many deepwater areas."

Norson is a multi-disciplined engineering company with two divisions: pipeline, process and umbilical services (PPU) and hydraulics. The PPU division focuses on the pre-commissioning of pipeline, piping and control systems. Using advanced techniques, Norson develops testing and cleaning processes to suit customers' specific requirements. Designed to remove a range of contaminants, Norson's solutions prevent system damage and achieve specific cleanliness criteria. Whilst the hydraulics division is divided into two main business streams, the design and construction of hydraulic systems together with system and component maintenance, and the supply of hydraulic components