SAN DONATO MILANESE, Italy – Saipem says it will establish a spoolbase on Greenwood Island, Pascagoula, Mississippi.
A spoolbase is a facility which allows long lengths of pipe to be welded together before reeling them onto a pipelay vessel.
With a focus on the Gulf of Mexico, the new spoolbase will support the Saipem Constellation, an ultra-deepwater rigid and flexible pipelay, heavy lift, and construction DP-3 vessel.
Under a long-term agreement, the spoolbase will be in a dedicated area within the facilities of ST Engineering Halter Marine & Offshore Inc.
The company said it will be equipped with welding machines, non-destructive testing facilities, and field joint coating systems. It will also be structured to deal with complex projects such as pipe-in-pipe and HDPE liners.
In addition, the company said by leveraging the Saipem Constellation’s ability to lift fully loaded reels on-board, the stalking (joining of pipes into long strings) and spooling (the winding of stalks onto reels) process at the new spoolbase can be decoupled from vessel loading operations, thus optimizing vessel and installation schedules.
Giorgio Martelli, president and CEO of Saipem America Inc., said: “The spoolbase supports Saipem’s growth in the deepwater field development sector as well as consolidating the importance of our activities in the Gulf of Mexico area, with a locally-based approach and resident assets.”