Pipeline shaping up in Gulf

Wood Group’s J P Kenny has been awarded a contract to perform detailed design for Amberjack Pipeline Co LLC’s Jack/St. Malo deepwater oil export pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico. Amberjack Pipeline Company LLC is a joint venture between Chevron Pipe Line Company and Shell Pipeline Company LP. Chevron Pipe Line Company will construct and operate the pipeline for Amberjack. The approximately 136 mi 24in pipeline will originate in a water depth of 2100 m and will start at the Chevron U.S.A. Inc.-operated Jack/St. Malo hub production facility in Walker Ridge Block 718, approximately 280 mi S of New Orleans, and connect to the Shell Boxer “A” fixed platform at Green Canyon Block 19. The design must allow for technical challenges that include routing of the pipeline to minimize spans, design for pre- and post-installation vortex-induced vibration and stress spans, collapse testing of the pipe to verify wall thickness design, and installation of in-line valves and sleds. J P Kenny’s sister companies, MCS Kenny, MSi Kenny and Wood Group Integrity Management (WGIM), will support the project, providing subsea span analysis, flow assurance and materials engineering, respectively.

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