Offshore Pipelines

Design, Installation, and Maintenance


  • Boyun Guo, PhD, Professor, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, USA
  • Shanhong Song, Ph.D., Senior engineer, ChevronTexaco
  • Ali Ghalambor, PhD, Oil and Gas Engineer at Innovative Petrotech Solutions, Inc.
  • Tian Lin, PhD, CRC for Infrastructure and Engineering Asset Management, Queensland University of Technology

The development of oil and gas fields offshore requires specialized pipeline equipment. The structures must be strong enough to with stand the harshest environments, and ensure that production is not interrupted and remains economically feasible. However, recent events in the Gulf of Mexico have placed a new importance on maintenance and reliability. A new section; Condition Based Maintenance (CBM), introduces the subject of maintenance, written by Tian Ran Lin, Queensland University of Technology, and Yong Sun, CSIRO Earth Science and Resource Engineering.

Two of the main objectives of CBM is maximizing reliability while preventing major or minor equipment malfunction and minimizing maintenance costs. In this new section, the authors deal with the multi-objective condition based maintenance optimization problem. CBM provides two major advantages: (1) an efficient approach for weighting maintenance objectives, and (2) a method for specifying physical methods for achieving those objectives. Maintenance cost and reliability objectives are calculated based on proportional hazards model and a control limit CBM replacement policy.

Written primarily for engineers and management personnel working on offshore and deepwater oil and gas pipelines, this book covers the fundamentals needed to design, Install, and commission pipeline projects. This new section along with a thorough update of the existing chapters represents a 30% increase in information over the previous edition.

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Pipeline Design Engineers, Pipeline Operation Engineers


Book information

  • Published: August 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-397949-0


"The authors are the most respected names in the area of designing, installing, testing, and operating submarine pipelinesā€¦It is a useful book for engineers and developers challenged with bringing oil and gas onshore. I would recommend that if you work in the offshore pipeline industry, you have this practical reference available. " Saeid Mokhatab Chairman of Natural Gas Engineering Editorial Advisory Board

Table of Contents

List of Symbols
Unit Conversion Factors

1. Introduction

Part I: Pipeline Design

2. General Design Information
3. Diameter and Wall Thickness
4. Hydrodynamic Stability of Pipelines
5. Pipeline Span
6. Operating Stresses
7. Pipeline Riser Design
8. Pipeline External Corrosion Protection
9. Pipeline Insulation
10. Introduction to Flexible Pipelines

Part II: Pipeline Installation

11. Pipeline Installation Methods
12. Installation Bending Stress Control
13. Pipeline On-Bottom Stability Control

Part III: Pipeline Commissioning and Operations

14. Pipeline Testing and Pre-commissioning
15. Flow Assurance
16. Pigging Operations

Part IV: Condition Based Maintenance

17. Concepts in Condition Based Maintenance

18. Vibration in pipeline condition monitoring and assessment

19. Strategies of pipeline maintenance


Appendix A: Gas-Liquid Multiphase Flow in Pipeline
Appendix B: Steady and Transient Solutions for Pipeline Temperature
Appendix C: Strength De-Rating of Old Pipelines