MCS, Qserv perform annulus vacuum testing offshore Australia

MCS and Qserv have carried out a pipeline integrity service on the Mutineer and Exeter fields, offshore Western Australia, for Santos.

Offshore staff

ABERDEEN, UK -- MCS and Qserv have carried out a pipeline integrity service on the Mutineer and Exeter fields, offshore Western Australia, for Santos.

The contract, worth approximately $153 868, is the first time this vacuum testing technique has been used outside of the North Sea, the companies say. The scope of the contract was for four flexible risers and the vacuum testing was completed in mid-October 2008.

Following a study commissioned by UKOOA in 2001 on the causes of flexible pipe damage, MCS identified that annulus testing of flexible pipes was a valuable measure in monitoring integrity. They subsequently joined forces in 2007 with Qserv to develop an advanced range of vacuum testing equipment.

"Annulus vacuum testing identifies the potential threat and enables operators to take pro-active measures to plan repair work on pipelines leading to the obvious environmental, safety, and cost benefits," says Enda O'Sullivan, MCS' operations director. "We are confident that this unique testing method will become a major part of our services in the Asia Pacific region."

03/23/2009

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