STATS Group has won a ten year Emergency Pipeline Repair System (EPRS) contract, worth over $10 million by a major LNG operator in the Middle East.
Under the contract, the pipeline engineering group will design, manufacture and test pipeline isolation and intervention equipment for a range of pipeline sizes from 16” to 38”. STATS did not reveal the name of the client.
The equipment will be stored in Qatar in a state of readiness, for pre-planned and emergency situations, at the client’s offshore gas production facilities located in Qatar’s North Field and onshore LNG plant at Ras Laffan industrial city.
The company says that the contract includes the supply of double block and bleed isolation tools including Remote Tecno Plugs from 16” to 38”, subsea monitoring and communication systems and 32” and 38” BISEP intervention tools and hot tapping equipment.
According to STATS, the isolation and intervention tooling suites are being installed in order to provide positive isolation at the required location and a safe environment to carry out quick and effective repair on subsea and onshore pipelines in the event of a damage incident.
STATS’ Middle East regional director, Angus Bowie, said: “Our focus on establishing our credentials in the Middle East EPRS sector has paid off and our original contract with Qatargas has now been followed with this significant award by another major operator in the Middle East.”
“We will use the experience and our proven track record of first class delivery of these major Qatar projects to seek out other global opportunities for similar EPRS contracts.”
STATS Middle East business development manager, Vikas Shangari, added: “STATS has executed in excess of 40 isolation projects in the Middle East, ranging from 2” to 48” on oil, gas and utility pipeline systems.
“Typically projects include the replacement or installation of pig trap and main isolation valves, however we have also facilitated the removal of dead leg and redundant bypasses connected to main pipelines developing corrosion issues. Many of these projects were conducted without the need for a full system shutdown, providing an excellent value proposition and helping our clients realise operational, economic and environmental benefits in comparison to traditional maintenance techniques.”