Norway - Neptune Setting up World’s Longest Heated Production Pipeline
Installation of the world’s longest heated subsea production pipeline is underway in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.
Once completed, the 36-kilometre electrically trace-heated (ETH) pipe-in-pipe solution will transport oil from the Neptune Energy-operated Fenja field to the Njord A platform, operated by Equinor.
The initial phase of the installation saw a 9-kilometre section safely installed and successfully tested.
Neptune Energy’s director of Projects and Engineering in Norway, Erik Oppedal, said:
“The installation and testing of the ETH pipe is a great technical achievement, as well as a milestone in the development of the Fenja field. Norway is an important part of our geographically-diverse portfolio and this is an excellent example of Neptune Energy’s commitment to investing in the region and adopting advanced technologies to overcome challenges. The heated pipe-in-pipe solution permits us to tie the field back to existing infrastructure, keeping costs low.”
The length of the ETH pipeline presents a significant technological achievement – specifically developed and qualified in collaboration with TechnipFMC.
Due to the high wax content of the Fenja field’s oil, the contents of the pipeline must warm up to a temperature above 28-degree Celsius before starting the flow after a shut down.
During normal production, the temperature in the pipeline is well above this temperature.