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    R. Broughton and M. Richardson

    It is important that companies acquiring maturing North Sea assets undertake integrity reviews of the infrastructure. Where these assets are showing signs of deterioration, the race is on to upgrade facilities in order to maximize access to remaining reserves. Corus Tubes was contracted by Apache to supply high-quality, cost-effective pipeline to replace a corroded pipeline section in the North Sea within an extremely tight deadline. Corus Tubes supplied High-Frequency Induction (HFI) steel linepipe-an innovative solution that may have beneficial implications for future North Sea projects. INTEGRITY MANAGEMENT Forties Field is located in Block 21/10 in the central North Sea, about 178 km northeast of Aberdeen on the UK Continental Shelf. Originally discovered and operated by BP, Apache bought the field in 2003 and has since doubled production. The Forties infield pipelines are critical assets for exporting the field’s oil production. As part of the company’s integrity management campaign, it instigated inspections...

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