Tenaris has delivered its final shipment of coated pipes for Total’s ultra-fast track Ikike Project, located approximately 20km offshore the Nigerian Coast, in the Gulf of Guinea
The scope included 28km of 12” seamless line pipe, produced at Tenaris’ Dalmine plant in Italy, associated coating solutions for anticorrosion (3LPE), thermal insulation coating, TenCoatTM Marine 5LSynt and concrete weight coating (CWC) performed by Pipe Coaters Nigeria. Additional services included bends with anticorrosion and thermal insulation coating (IMPP – Injection Molded Polypropylene) performed by EU subcontractors, under Tenaris’s supervision.
Ikike presented several challenges from execution and technical perspectives. It had a tight lead time from order to delivery, July to November, making it an ultra-fast track project, particularly critical considering the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, the application of the CWC coating over the 5LSynt thermal insulation solution was an important milestone considering it had never been done before in Africa, and only in a few cases worldwide. For the undertaking, PCN had to undergo a complex qualification phase complying with stringent requirements, with very low tolerances.
Carlos Leite, senior director at Tenaris West Line Pipe, said, “Integration and deeply-rooted project management capabilities were Tenaris’ strong points to successfully manage and deliver such a complex project during a difficult period. The collaboration with Total for the duration of the project, from order to execution, along with Total’s representative’s high reactivity, have also been key factors for the success of the job.”