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Forties Pipeline SSIV

The Forties Pipeline is a 36” diameter 169km long pipeline which originates at the Apache North Sea operated Forties Charlie Platform and transports crude oil to landfall at Cruden Bay on the North East coast of Scotland.

The pipeline is owned and operated by BP FPS but Apache North Sea are the Duty Holder for the first 500m within the safety zone of Forties Charlie. As part of a risk reduction measure a new Subsea Isolation Valve (SSIV) was successfully tied-in earlier this year.

The tie-in involved the use of the STATS ‘Tecno’ plug system to isolate the pipeline subsea to enable the subsea tie-in and leak testing avoiding the need to de-pressurise the entire 169km long pipeline.

The use of isolation pigs can be extremely effective in providing pipeline isolation to carry out many types of interventions and their popularity and use has grown over the years.

Mark Richardson, Apache North Sea’s Projects Group Manager will be speaking about the intervention at the IMechE’s Piping and Pipeline Risk Based Inspection Seminar to be held on the 9th December 2014 at the Aberdeen Marriot Hotel.


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