OTC 2013: Statoil develops retrofit subsea hot tap tee

Statoil has won an OTC Spotlight Award for the remotely welded retrofit subsea hot tap tee.

Statoil retrofit subsea hot tap tee
Statoil retrofit subsea hot tap tee

Offshore staff

HOUSTON– Statoil has won an OTC Spotlight Award for the remotely welded retrofit subsea hot tap tee.

A remote-controlled hot tap operation consists of a robot welding a T-piece on to the pipe, while gas flows through it. Then a remote-controlled drilling machine will drill holes in the producing pipeline, with no effect on pressure and production.

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