Drilling & Production Editor
HOUSTON -- Oil States has developed a solution to mitigate the potential for long-term loss of production from deepwater pipeline damage, says Bo Povloski, technical sales, Oil States Houston. The system consists of capital equipment and prepared procedures for the repair of pre-identified assets, thus minimizing the repair time and production down time, he said.
As the offshore oil industry goes deeper and deeper, the need to repair deepwater pipelines has and will become more frequent, Povloski said. The economic impact during the Gulf of Mexico 2005 hurricane season has many companies looking to insure their deepwater infrastructure against such devastating potential losses, he said.
Povloski identified the characteristics of the deepwater pipeline repair system as one of three types of repairs: clamp repair, on bottom spool repair, and on surface spool repair, which are the most time and cost effective remediation techniques, he said.