BTC pipeline safely enters service

As the 1768km Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline enters service, key systems will rely on cable glands from Hawke International for safe cable termination in Zone 1 and Zone 2 hazardous environments. Around 50,000 Hawke units are in use on the USD 3 billion project to export oil from the landlocked Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean and on to world markets. The underground pipeline passes from Azerbaijan, through Georgia and on to Turkey. It has eight pumping stations to maintain flow, with block valves at intervals of 20km to provide isolation for safety and maintenance purposes. Most of these locations are unmanned, with automated processes that are subject to remote surveillance and monitoring. Hawke will provide a complete range of cable glands for all cable diameters, from the smallest wiring for instrumentation to the largest power cables. The cable glands are therefore built and certified to maintain seal integrity over a temperature range of -60C to +80C, which exceed the actual installed temperature requirements of -40 to +40C.

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