The repair system is part of the contingency planning for multiple pipelines associated with Chevron Australia’s liquefied natural gas assets and INPEX’s Ichthys LNG Project off the northwest coast of Australia.
Hydratight has been providing EPRS coverage since the late 1980s and is a leading engineering firm in the field of contingency repair.
This win is the result of our established and successful track record in the industry for pipeline repairs and connectivity with the MORGRIP® mechanical connector. This is in addition to a two year research, development and testing programme conducted by Hydratight’s engineering team based in UK in collaboration with Subsea 7. This ultimately provided a custom-engineered MORGRIP® Connector solution to meet the exact specification required for these assets, which included a self-supporting connector solution (no pipe end abutment) for pipelines up to 44 inches in diameter.
David Tromans, Emergency Pipeline Repair System (EPRS) Product Manager for Hydratight, said,“This latest self-supporting connector design is capable of withstanding both pressure and external loading.”
“We’re delighted that Subsea 7 has chosen to use our MORGRIP® mechanical connector solution for these internationally significant projects,” stated Ken Bockhorst, President, Hydratight. “Its unique advantages have been appreciated by Subsea 7 and we look forward to working together for a successful execution of the project.”
About MORGRIP® connectors
Hydratight’s MORGRIP® Connector replaces the need for the welding of topside and subsea piping and pipelines in oil and gas, and petrochemical applications.
Since the late 1980s Hydratight’s connectors have provided proven leak-free service history for permanent usage, and can be used for all sizes and pressure ratings of carbon steel, stainless steel, duplex and super duplex pipes, in critical and non-critical service.
The MORGRIP® connector is recognised in the industry for its strong track record. It used metal/graphite composite seals instead of elastomer seals, which increases its durability and shelf-life offshore.
Hydratight (hydratight.com) provides world-class bolted joint solutions and machining services, plus innovative mechanical weldless connectors, to power generation, oil and gas, nuclear, wind and aerospace industries. Over the last 20 years Hydratight has pioneered systems for complete joint integrity assurance that are now incorporated in industry-wide safe-working guidelines around the world.
Hydratight is wholly owned by Actuant Corporation (actuant.com), a diversified industrial company serving customers from operations in more than 30 countries and headquartered in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. Actuant trades on the NYSE under the symbol ATU.