Falling oil prices and smaller offshore fields, especially in the UK sector of the North Sea, have produced a resurgence of interest in subsea developments. These developments always include the installation of a subsea structure and laying and tying-in of pipeline and control lines. In the Southern North Sea small unmanned jackets may become widely used and these require subsea control and power lines installation. This change in the offshore scene has produced a potentially larger market for underwater construction activities. Companies engaged in underwater design and construction have been developing new equipment and techniques to enable further economies to be realised. It is not only in hydrocarbon development where underwater construction plays a major role. One of the largest offshore construction projects on the UK Continental Shelf in recent years is the cross-channel link where power cables have been laid between the UK and France.
This volume looks at the economic outlook and the breadth of underwater construction operations; important developments in techniques and equip- ment are presented together with a discussion of various projects in which they have been successfully used. PART I 1 An overview of subsea construction R. Goodfellow, Goodfellow Associates Ltd INTRODUCTION Working underwater is a lot more difficult than working above water or on land, therefore the incentives to do so must be found in some aspects of project realization, such as: * reduced cost; * advantageous schedule; * improved technology.
1 An overview of subsea construction.- 2 The influence of installation on the design of the Scapa Development.- 3 Template design and installation.- 4 Flow bundles and developments in pipeline installation.- 5 The installation of flexible flowlines.- 6 Subsea construction from monohull vessels.- 7 Protection of subsea installations.- 8 Quality assurance for subsea installations.- 9 Geotechnical influences on subsea installations.- 10 Developments in subsea piling.- 11 The role of heavy-lift vessels.- 12 Habitat for repairing submarine cables.
Series: Advances in Underwater Technology, Ocean Science and Offshor
Number Of Pages: 250
Published: April 2008
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6
Weight (kg): 0.54