Corus' Starling Project Receives Accolades From Shell

Corus Tubes, a business unit of Corus Group, is to receive a special plaque from Shell UK in recognition of the company’s commitment to the Shell Starling project and its excellent attitude towards safety.

Corus Tubes was contracted to supply 33km of 20"/12" carbon steel pipe-in-pipe system to tie back wells to the Shearwater platform in the central North Sea. The company delivered a pipe-in-pipe solution for the project, from front-end engineering and design through to delivery, thereby taking on greater project risks and offering the client the benefits of reduced supply chain complexity.

Andy Townson, Corus Tubes’ commercial manager said: "The use of pipe-in-pipe systems for the thermal insulation of pipelines is well established. However, since 2004 Corus Tubes has been the dominant player delivering systems for projects in the North Sea.

"We are delighted to be receiving this plaque from Shell, it is a great honour for all those involved. Nothing is more important to Corus than health and safety and this award from Shell serves to underline this. The Starling project demonstrates that the benefits of a fully integrated package and a close working relationship between supplier and operator can deliver the most challenging of projects in a safe environment."

Shell’s Starling project manager Liam Naughton said: "We engaged with linepipe suppliers very early in the Starling project to gain their input to the pipeline design, and ensure timely delivery in a tight market. Our relationship with Corus has been very positive and pro-active throughout the project. The pipe-in-pipe assembly went very smoothly at Hartlepool, with Corus drawing from their previous experience to make continuous improvements to the safety and efficiency of the operation."

Shell’s Starling subsea team leader Euan Sellar added: "The installation of the pipeline is expected to be completed this week and has to date been a successful operation reflecting the joint commitment of operator and supplier to overcome the onerous technical challenges of a complex project."