STAVANGER, Norway --A pipeline repair robot for 1,000 m (3,281 ft) water depths is under development by Statoil. The remotely operated welder is scheduled for testing and emergency response deployment this year.
Measuring about 4 m (13 ft) long by 2 m (6.5 ft) high, the new welding machine has been developed by Statoil and built in cooperation with external suppliers.
The robot cuts out the damaged pipe section before welding in a new piece inside an enclosed habitat. Systems are provided for preheating and controlling the habitat atmosphere.