Hot tapping success offshore Angola

Hot tapping offshore Angola TDWTD Williamson has successfully carried out a hot tapping project offshore Angola.Pipeline equipment and services firm TD Williamson (TDW) has announced the successful completion of a hot tapping operation offshore Angola on behalf of Ponticelli Angoil

The project, which was TDW’s first in Angola, has created a point that will allow a live flare line to be safely connected to a deposit line attached to a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel.

Rudy Lenom, project coordinator for TDW in Africa, explained, “By connecting the two lines, the operator will be able to burn – or flare – any excess associated natural gas that is released from the oilfield during production.”

Despite the cramped working conditions upon the FPSO vessel, TDW took a total of three days to complete the project, and production was at no point shut down.

Ponticelli Angoil project manager Herve Cardeau said, “With the requirement that the hot tap operation be carried out quickly and safely without shutting down production, we were extremely satisfied with TDW’s ability to achieve this so efficiently, especially in such a small space.

“It meant that we realised considerable savings in time and costs, especially in comparison to the costs that would have been incurred had we been required to shut down the line, even for a few hours.”

Looking forward, Ponticelli Nigeria Ltd has commissioned TDW to carry out a series of hot tapping operations offshore Nigeria.

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