Deepwater Pipeline Solutions
Baker Hughes deepwater pipeline solutions reduce vessel time and cost by performing flooding and hydrotesting operations on the seabed. With all equipment on the seabed, vessel deck space requirements are kept to a minimum.
In deepwater instead of using coiled-tubing downlines, we can offer subsea flooding and testing using our remote flooding module (RFM) and subsea hydrotest pump (SHP).
The RFM floods the pipeline using the static head of seawater and pulls water treatment chemicals into the pipeline. This allows in excess of 95% of the pipeline to be filled unattended, leaving the vessel time to carry out other activities. The remainder of the pipeline is filled using an ROV-powered boost pump to complete the operation.
Additional time savings are possible using the Baker Hughes SMARTGAUGE™ tool, which communicates a change in pinger frequency if the gauge plate is damaged. If damage is not detected, the hydrotest can proceed immediately without recovering the test head to surface.
Once the pipeline is flooded, the hydrotest can proceed. The SHP is also powered by the ROV. Since all water in the pipeline is already at subsea temperature, stabilization is minimized, reducing valuable boat time.
For more information about our deepwater pipeline solutions, please call us or send us an e-mail.