ABERDEEN, UK -- Subsea 7 is on target to open its new pipeline fabrication spoolbase in Port Isabel, Texas, in June.
Construction on the buildings and quayside is on schedule and nearing completion, the company says. Welding on the facility's first project, a 58-km (36-mi) pipeline for Marathon's Droshky development, will begin in early June.
The spoolbase will enable Subsea 7 to offer an enhanced deepwater rigid pipelay service to clients in the North America region. It will fabricate and store oil and gas pipelines of up to 20-in. (51-cm) diameter in lengths of up to 1.2 km (0.7 mi) for spooling onto reeled pipelay vessels.
The facility will be equipped to weld any steel line pipe material from traditional carbon steel to exotic material solutions. In addition, the base will fabricate plastic-lined pipelines, pipe-in-pipe systems, and steel catenary risers, according to Subsea 7.