Challenging pipeline installation


The ongoing Corrib gas project in Mayo, Ireland, has been advanced by the employment of Newport-based large diameter plastic pipe manufacturers, Asset International. The landmark project, anticipated to be operational this summer, is estimated to harvest 5940 billion cubic feet of natural gas.

The Shell owned Corrib gas field is located about 52 miles off Erris Head in County Mayo in an area known as the Slyne Trough at a depth of around 355 metres. The gas is originating from a Triassic Sandstone reservoir 3000 metres below the seabed. Asset International provided 4.9km of 750mm 4k Weholite pipe, which was used to create an air duct for part of the marine section of the large-scale project. The Weholite pipes were installed onsite by Murphy International, wholly owned subsidiary of J. Murphy & Sons Limited, for the project, overseen by principal contractor BAM Construction.

Paul O’Regan, Technical Engineer at Asset International said: “Being involved in a project of this scale and standing has been both challenging and incredibly rewarding. We needed to ensure that nearly five kilometres of Weholite pipe was completely airtight, as the tunnel it occupied was to be filled with grout once completed. Despite a challenging brief, the job was well executed, and delivered on time.”

 

Issue 122 July 2015