Balltec Manufactures “World’s Biggest” PipeLOK

By MarEx 2014-04-02 16:10:00

Balltec Ltd, the pipeline solutions specialist, has been contracted by Allseas to supply a 44” PipeLOK™ pipeline recovery tool to the Shell Wheatstone Project based 200km offshore Onslow, Western Australia.  Wheatstone is the offshore central processing platform enabling a combined production capability of approximately 8.9 million tonnes of LGN and domestic gas per annum. 

The 44” PipeLOK tool is the world’s largest ball and taper based dewatering pipeline recovery tool in service.  The PipeLOK™ tool itself has been specifically designed for the Wheatstone project and includes some advanced features that have not previously featured in the Balltec stock. 

The tool combines the PipeLOK™ dewatering system with an air let-outlet system and a hot stab interface. The tool is on hire for the pipe laying phase of the Wheatstone project due to commence later in 2014. 

Martin Bell, Sales and Marketing Director said:
“It is becoming increasingly common for our clients to specify additional features from the PipeLOK™ tooling.  Balltec has the knowledge and expertise to manufacture customised PipeLOK™ systems to include injection systems, advanced de-watering systems and cope with the increased SWL requirements of deep and ultra-deep recoveries.”

Russell Benson, Managing Director said:
Over the last 10 years Balltec has made over 150 live pipe recoveries using the PipeLOK™ system.  Our unblemished track record, reliable technology and team of experienced offshore technicians make Balltec the world’s leading expert in pipeline recovery tools and the company of choice for planned and unique recoveries.”

Balltec is a pipeline solutions company that owns, designs, tests, and manufactures PipeLOK™ tooling.  The company operates the world’s largest fleet of pipeline recovery and abandonment tools with stock tools ranging in sizes from 4” to 48” over a range of SWL’s up to 1500mT.

The products and services herein described in this press release are not endorsed by The Maritime Executive.