Vallourec has been awarded a contract to provide the Greater Stella Project in the North Sea with seamless linepipe including coating and welding services. The 96 km of coated linepipe is due to be delivered to Technip in early 2013. Vallourec is a world leader in premium tubular solutions.
The Greater Stella Area, which is operated by Ithaca Energy, is located in the central North Sea Block, about 17 km from the UK/Norway median line. Vallourec’s linepipe will be installed in water approximately 85 meters deep. The premium pipes will be used for oil and gas export lines. Wax formation can occur on the pipes when the oil is exposed to temperature changes, causing the pipe to plug. To protect the pipes from corrosion and waxing, they will be covered with a three layer polypropylene coating.
“As our largest contract to date with Technip, this project represents the continuation and development of our successful business relationship. Our clients expect highly efficient, innovative and safe performances for complex applications and our answer to their requirements is the provision of integrated solutions – premium pipes with a meaningful comprehensive service package,” said Dominique Richardot, managing director of Vallourec’s Pipe Project and SURF activities.
International welding company, Serimax, which is a subsidiary of Vallourec has also been contracted to perform the welding works at Technip’s Spoolbase in Evanton, UK.