Source: Pipelines International
Tue 15 December 2015
PETRONAS has awarded two multi-year contracts for the production and installation of pipeline rehabilitation technology worth in excess of US$150 million.
The contracts for the rehabilitation of various 6 inch, 8 inch and 10 inch subsea crude oil gathering and high pressure gas and condensate lines, varying in lengths from 700 m to 3.5 km, were awarded to APS Malaysia(APS).
The contracts will involve the use of InField Liner®, a flexible Kevlar reinforced liner installed in existing subsea pipelines. Once installed the liner then acts as a corrosion barrier, providing protection against aggressive service conditions and extending the use of the pipeline beyond its original design life.
The liner system has been independently tested by a third party to meet oil and gas industry standards API 17J (2008), 15S 2006; DVGW G 469-2010; DIN 53536 (1992) and ASTM F1545-97, D4060, D1599-99. It can extend the lifetime of existing pipelines by up to 30 years.
InField Liner® was successfully piloted at PETRONAS Carigali Sdn Bhd’s (PCSB) Samarang field offshore Malaysia in September 2013 and a commercial trial deployed at West Lutong field in the Baram Delta offshore Sarawak in November 2014.
On the back of the recent successful internal application of this technology and the subsequent large contracts awarded to APS, PETRONAS has further granted APS a global 20 year exclusive license to apply the technology for other oil and gas operators.
Through this exclusive licensing agreement, APS will manufacture and market worldwide the InField Liner®, PETRONAS’ proprietary subsea pipeline rehabilitation system with internal liners. The agreement was formalised at a signing ceremony held at the Malaysian Petroleum Club, KLCC, PETRONAS Twin Towers.
“The IFL system has the potential to radically change the way in which subsea pipeline maintenance is viewed,” APS Group Chairman Mr Robert Walters said.