Wood Group Kenny leads 'Safepark' joint industry project
BY MELANIE CRUTHIRDS, News Editor
PERTH -- Wood Group Kenny (WGK) in Perth, Australia, will lead the joint industry project (JIP), “SafePark.” The project, proposed at an operator’s forum hosted by WGK, will deliver a recommended practice for the selection, application and monitoring of chemical treatment packages, in relation to the long-term wet parking and integrity of carbon steel and corrosion-resistant alloy (CRA) pipelines.
Prevention of corrosion in a pipeline during the wet park lay-up stage, where the pipeline remains flooded with water from the hydrotest to ensure the strength of the pipe until it is dewatered during commissioning, is critical to retention of its integrity, both during wet parking and after start-up. With wet parking periods of greater length becoming the new norm, preservation of pipeline integrity is increasingly challenging.
The forum was attended by representatives from several oil and gas companies, including Apache, Chevron, INPEX and Woodside. Discussions are also being held with global operators BHP Billiton, BP, ENI, ConocoPhillips, Exxon, Santos, Shell, Statoil and Total.
The development of a consistent, recommended practice for wet parking of pipelines will enable a decoupling of installation schedules, facilitate use of a 'vessel of opportunity' to install the pipeline, and reduce the probability of corrosion of the pipelines, minimizing the risk to the operator and ensuring their multi-million-dollar assets are protected.
The JIP is due to kick off in January 2014.