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Offshore Pipelines

Design, Installation, and Maintenance

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.

Pipeline Design Engineers, Pipeline Operation Engineers

Hardbound, 400 Pages

Published: August 2013

Imprint: Gulf Professional Publishing

ISBN: 978-0-12-397949-0


  • "The authors are the most respected names in the area of designing, installing, testing, and operating submarine pipelines…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


  • Preface
    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



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