Written by jgreen

Five Reasons to Lay Zap-Lok™ and MPS® Pipelines

A vast volume of subsea pipelines are planned and built every year to bring the world’s energy supplies from the seabed to the surface.  In an industry continuing to adjust to new norms, its vital we work together to drive the adoption of ingenious technology to make the process smarter.

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.

1. IT’S PROVEN

The Zap-Lok™ technology is proven with more than 7000km of shallow-water, subsea hydrocarbon pipelines installed worldwide and zero recorded failures in operation of over 70,000 joints.  That’s further than from Singapore to Sydney.

2. IT’S QUICKER

You can lay 3.5 – 5km of pipeline in 24 hours using Zap-Lok™ in comparison to a typical welding method which achieves 1 to 1.5km a day.  This means less boat time and less crew.

3. IT’S CHEAPER

Zap-Lok™ will dramatically reduce your costs.  When used in conjunction with the Cortez Subsea designed and patented Modular Pipelay System (MPS®) savings of up to 40 per cent become reality.

4. IT’S CLEANER 

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has adopted regulations and mandatory energy-efficiency measures to address the emission of air pollutants from ships.  Among many other efficiencies, Zap-Lok™ and MPS® reduce vessel time to shrink our carbon footprint.

5. IT’S SAFER

As an alternative to welding, this method takes advantage of semi-automation to result in a safer work environment, free from hot-work and radiography.

We challenge the conventional to take the design and development of technology from the spark of an idea to through planning to clever application.  If you are interested in Zap-Lok™ mechanical connectors and the MPS® pipelay system contact: tendering@cortezsubsea.com.

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