TDW completes Malaysia pipeline pressure isolation operation

TDW Offshore Services (TDW) and Amserve Engineering have completed a pipeline pressure isolation operation in Malaysia on behalf of Malaysia LNG (MLNG).

Offshore staff

STAVANGER, Norway -- TDW Offshore Services (TDW) and Amserve Engineering have completed a pipeline pressure isolation operation in Malaysia on behalf of Malaysia LNG (MLNG).

The operation was carried out at the PETRONAS LNG Complex in Bintulu, Sarawak, Malaysia. Natural gas is transported from offshore platforms in the South China
Sea through four major trunklines to the onshore processing plant.

TDW carried out pipeline pressure isolation services on the receiving end of Trunkline 4, a 36-in. (91-cm) pipeline. To isolate this section, TDW launched the SmartPlug tool at the receiver on the gas terminal. The 36-in. (91-cm) custom tool travelled past the receiver and the beach valve where the tool was set. The line was safely isolated while MLNG replaced the six existing MOVs with new ones, the company says.

Custom SmartPlug tools were engineered, assembled, and tested by TDW Offshore
Services at its global headquarters in Stavanger, Norway, and transported to Bintulu via Labuan. The new MOVs were flown in by Persafe Engineering Sdn Bhd on three chartered MASkargo Boeing 747-400S jets from Germany to Kuala Lumpur before arriving in Bintulu.

The pipeline isolation operation was carried out by TDW from Stavanger, with support from the company's team in Singapore. Overall, TDW completed the operation in four weeks, six days ahead of schedule.

12/15/2009

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