March 2021

Transpooling flowlines for India

MDL has completed transpooling of flowlines for an Indian Oil & Gas Operator.

The scope of work covered engineering support, on-site project management and the supply of equipment and services to carry out testing and transpooling of 6” static flowlines, stored in Port of Blyth, England.

An MDL spread combined of a Second-generation and Third-generation Reel Drive Systems was used for transpooling of over 4,200m of product from 2 storage reels onto 2 MDL 9.2m installation reels.

In 2018, MDL Asset Maintenance & Engineering carried out pressure testing and preservation works on 6 reels of the product on location - 4 of which have already been installed.

MDL also provided engineering support for the transpooling, including the design of the site layout, a transpooling method statement, design of partitions on the installation reels and lifting drawings for the fully-loaded reels.

Following the operation, the reels departed for India where the product will be installed.

Paul Marshall, MDL Project Engineer, said:

“This was a fast-tracked project, awarded to MDL on 23rd December and commencing during the festive period, with the mobilisations, testing, transpooling, reel load out and site demobilisation completed within 5 weeks – another example of our commitment to solving our clients’ challenges against the backdrop of the pandemic.

“The installation reels and one of our reel drive systems were already stored in Blyth, which minimised mobilisation costs for the client; and thanks to our equipment being road-transportable, we efficiently transited the remaining equipment from our Peterhead base.

“With cooperation with the client’s team, we safely handled the complete logistics of the fully loaded reels, from transpooling to lifting onto the transport vessel.

“We have a substantial track record of engineering, project managing and executing transpooling away from home, including risers, flowlines, steel tube umbilicals and coiled tubing. By combining our in-house Asset Maintenance & Engineering expertise with our market-leading SURF handling equipment, MDL provides a comprehensive and cost-efficient package for product transpooling.”

Here is a snapshot of the operations: