TPI July 2024

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Butting achieves major pipe milestone in Brazil’s ultra deepwater fields

Marc Brauße, business unit director clad pipes, said: “Butting is a reliable partner, adept at handling stringent timelines and complex specifications and is committed to fulfilling the tightest tolerance requirements at pipe ends. To this end, extensive innovations and continuous improvements have been implemented in-house in recent years, which have now become the industry standard in the installation of sophisticated subsea pipelines. “Newly developed non-destructive testing methods by Butting have now established themselves on the market and prove compliance with stringent tolerance requirements and the precision of each individual pipe produced at Butting. This has been shown in practice.” By embracing state-of-the-art pipe technology, the producer guarantees a consistent quality where different types of materials meet. “Our commitment to innovation allows us to reliably deliver mechanically lined pipes that meet the highest standards, giving our customers the assurance that their projects are in capable hands,” added Marc Brauße. Mechanically lined pipes are playing a key role in the safe and efficient “India is also set to lead in terms of transmission pipeline length in Asia by 2028, with an expected 29,800km of length additions by 2028. “The pipeline development helps the country to enhance its energy infrastruc ture and meet the growing demand for petroleum from the industrial, domestic and transportation sectors.” Unsurprisingly, gas pipelines are projected to constitute 57 per cent of the total pipeline length additions by 2028. The Jagdishpur–Haldia Phase II is the largest upcoming gas pipeline in the country by 2028, with 1,900km GAIL (India) Ltd is the operator of this project, with operations anticipated to commence by 2024.

Butting has delivered mechanically lined pipes to be installed in Brazil’s ultra deepwater fields. The pipes, also known as BuBi ® pipes, offer longevity and high performance in harsh conditions. Butting has delivered more than 500km of its state-of-the-art mechanically lined BuBi ® pipes to Brazil. The company delivered 290km of mechanically lined pipes for three major projects in 2023 alone. Technip FMC received around 90km of BuBi ® pipes for the Mero 2 project; Subsea 7 obtained a total of around 80km for the Mero 3 project and Saipem added another 115km for the Búzios 7 project to the Butting BuBi ® portfolio of major projects. Butting is involved in four further projects in Brazil, either in production or production planning with a total volume of 300km/45,000 tons of mechanically lined pipes. Uwe Margraf, managing director of Butting Brazil, said: “The market for subsea pipelines and riser pipes can rely on the expertise of our company. Our extensive production capacities ensure projects are delivered on schedule while maintaining the highest standards of quality.” India is set to dominate the number of trunk/transmission pipeline projects that are expected to start operations in Asia during 2024-2028, contributing about 43 per cent of the region’s total projects count by 2028, said GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. GlobalData’s latest report, “New build trunk-transmission pipelines projects by development stage, regions, countries, project type and forecast to 2028,” revealed that out of 62 projects to commence operations by 2028 in India, gas pipeline projects are likely to account for 48.4 per cent, followed by product pipelines and oil pipelines at 40.3 per cent and 11.3 per cent, respectively. Bhargavi Gandham, oil & gas analyst at GlobalData, commented:

Mechanically lined pipes for installation in the Brazilian ultra deepwater fields

exploration of the immense oil & gas reserves of Brazil’s ultra deepwater fields. These fields are located approximately 150 to 300km off the Brazilian Southeast coast. Besides water depths of 2,000 to 3,000m, a further 3,000 to 4,000m of several rock and salt layers must be overcome to reach the oil deposits. This entails high demands on the pressure resistance and tensile strength of the pipelines, which transport the oil from the distributor on the seabed to the surface. In addition, the Brazilian deposits, which lie underneath a layer of salt, contain high levels of carbon dioxide due to their geological formation. Owing to the prevailing conditions of low temperature and high pressure in the so-called pre-salt layer, the carbon dioxide mixes completely with the oil. Hence, all materials in direct contact with the medium to be extracted must meet highest requirements regarding corrosion resistance. Butting Mehsana–Bhatinda is another major gas pipeline project with a length of 1,834km. GSPL India Gasnet Ltd is the operator of this project, which is expected to start operations by 2024. In India, product pipelines are projected to account for 30 per cent of the total additions to transmission pipeline length by 2028. Kandla–Gorakhpur is one of the key upcoming product pipelines in the country, with a length of 2,809km. The project is currently in the construction stage and is anticipated to commence operations this year, with IHB Ltd slated to serve as the operator. GlobalData

India is set to lead Asian pipeline transmission projects count until at least 2028



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