By I. G. Craig, N. W. Nash, G. A. Oldfield (auth.), C. P. Ellinas (eds.)
Dr C P Ellinas complicated Mechanics & Engineering Ltd significant advances were completed in recent times in subsea pipeline layout and deploy. Inspection, upkeep and service have additionally acquired a lot consciousness. the advance of marginal fields has introduced with it specific difficulties, that have necessitated novel equipment and options. at the moment curiosity within the improvement of deepwater fields maintains with the advance of latest expertise. This convention has positioned emphasis in addressing advancements in pipeline know-how less than 4 major headings: pipeline/seabed interplay; versatile pipelines; pipeline layout, fabrication and set up; deepwater functions. Advances in North Sea expertise over the past few years were involved generally with marginal fields, small diameter pipelines and new fabrics, that are good lined within the first 3 subject matters. financial improvement of marginal fields calls for processing of oil and gasoline to ensue now not on the wellhead yet at present amenities, frequently a ways away. Hydrocarbons are hence usually transported at excessive strain and temperature in small diameter pipelines, which must be safe via trenching. in spite of the fact that, such operational perform has delivered to the fore an issue that previously used to be of little problem particularly, upheaval buckling.
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The large and heavy tracked systems such as Heerema's Eager Beaver and Allseas Digging Donald that follow a pipeline laid on the surface, excavate a trench underneath it and moved on allowing the line to settle into the trench behind it, cannot reverse the process but only dig deeper. Likewise the vessel towed trenched ploughs like those of Technomare and smit are unsuitable for deburial. with bollard pull requirements sometimes over 50 tons misalignment on the pipeline could cause damage. Neither of these methods can be used for deburial in deep sandy soils.
The experience gained during implementation and execution of the work has confirmed that the technique is a viable and cost effective way of preventing upheaval buckling in circumstances where there is an adequate supply of hot water and/or power generating capacity. The number and magnitude of the observed flowline movements leave little doubt that upheaval buckling would have occurred had the hot water flushing operation not been carried out and the trench profiled to allow further lateral movement.
The spoil from deburying a 1 kilometre length of pipeline (70,000m3) would cover an entire football pitch in 7 metres depth of sand and have a dry weight of some 200,000 tons. At the other extreme where pipelines were laid in trenches cut through hard or highly cohesive soils, such as boulder clay or homogeneous clays different factors come into play. Many trenches dug ten years ago are still visible as shallow depressions in the seabed. The slow movement of bottom currents and slow sedimentation rate make natural backfilling a long process.