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We pioneer new ways to make pipelay, inspection and intervention quicker, safer and cleaner for the global energy industry.
Transforming the industry landscape with designed and patented pipeline solutions, the most advanced Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) and state-of-the-art software packages.
The Stinger Deployed Diverless Connector (SDDC) has been developed to conduct pipeline tie-ins using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and, when coupled with other installation techniques, can offer cost savings of up to 30 per cent.
The technology will be deployed offshore Malaysia where Cortez Subsea won a contract with Vestigo Petroleum for pipeline installation in the Berantai field.
Managing Director of Cortez Subsea, Alasdair Cowie, said: “ We pride ourselves in creative collaboration to provide the best possible service and utilise and develop state-of-the-art technologies for quicker, safer and cleaner solutions.
“We take each operational challenge and consult our collective technology toolbox to apply proven technology into new applications and frontiers in a drive towards greater efficiency and lower-carbon operations.
“Imagine shallow-water pipelay without welding, but with stronger joints, and pipeline connections without the need for divers, reducing the reliance on large vessels and crew.”
The solution is driven by the AFGlobal Retlock® clamp technology. Managing Director of AFGlobal UK, Martyn Conroy, explained how this existing technology was transferred into a new application:
“Our Retlock® clamp is a two-bolt clamp which has the ability to connect mono and multi-bore. It is suitable for vertical and horizontal applications and has been proven effective in more than 1,600 offshore applications. A compact, lightweight design with continual leak-monitoring system, it was the ideal basis for the SDDC system.
“This is a perfect example of taking a proven technology and customising it for a new application for operational efficiencies. Investment in research and development (R&D) is key in driving the sector forward but it’s also important that existing technology from both inside and outside the industry is optimised.
“Solutions, such as the SDDC, are being created and tested in response to the needs of the industry. This along with smart application is of absolute importance as we move into a new era of oil and gas exploration and production and to prolong the legacy of success of the energy sector.”
The demand for more complex solutions to overcome challenges increases daily, as does the desire to develop them.
Investment in research and development (R&D) is key in driving the sector forward but it’s also important that existing technology from both inside and outside the industry is optimised.
At Cortez Subsea we pride ourselves in creative collaboration to provide the best possible service and utilise state-of-the-art technologies for quicker, safer and cleaner solutions.
Murray was invited by Subsea UK to contribute to its session which addressed issues and shared the latest developments in the energy industry.
Cortez has been working with NOV-Tuboscope for many years to deliver Zap-Lok™ mechanical connectors to the Malaysian and worldwide offshore market for pipelay which is faster, stronger and cheaper.
The Zap-Lok™ technology is proven with more than 7000km of subsea hydrocarbon pipelines installed worldwide and zero recorded failures in operation of over 70,000 joints.
A challenging environment can render traditional techniques inefficient, uneconomic or impossible, and Murray explained how this solution can offer a weld-free alternative to improve safety, dramatically cut costs and reduce our carbon footprint.
The event included other speakers from Wood and Enpro Subsea and delegates heard about many ingenious technologies transforming our industry daily.
Welding is the predominant method for fabricating pipe systems across the sector. But there are several applications where traditional welded pipe connections become inefficient, uneconomic or impossible. Cortez Subsea works with NOV-Tuboscope to pioneer Zap-Lok™ mechanical connectors into new markets for pipelay which is faster, stronger and cheaper.
The work will be jointly executed with Alam Maritim Resources Berhad under our consortium agreement and Cortez will deliver the engineering, procurement and operational activities from our office in KL.