Subsea Innovation has announced completion of the design and manufacture of two 16” mechanical pipeline connectors for RasGas.
These are the first systems that Subsea Innovation has produced for RasGas with a total production capacity of 37 MT of gas per annum from its facilities in Qatar which are serviced by 27 LNG vessels.
These connectors, which have been shipped to Qatar, are part of the critical contingency measures that RasGas have in place to support their operational pipelines. The connectors are designed to withstand pressures up to 345 BARG, requiring tests to be completed to 431 BARG to take into account safety factors.
The difference between these connectors and others that Subsea Innovation have produced previously, is that they were required to meet RasGas’ onerous weld specifications with Inconel cladding. This cladding provides additional protection for the pipeline against the sour gas that it is transporting and is notoriously difficult to apply and machine.
In addition to this order, Subsea Innovation has secured an order for the delivery of 4 structural pipeline repair clamps, again to act as contingency against leaks or damage, for pipelines ranging from 16” in diameter to 38” to Ras Gas.