The Offshore Pipeline Construction Industry

The Offshore Pipeline Construction Industry

Activity Modeling and Cost Estimation in the U.S Gulf of Mexico

1st Edition - April 8, 2020

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  • Author: Mark Kaiser
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128202883
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128202906

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The Offshore Pipeline Construction Industry: Activity Modeling and Cost Estimation in the United States Gulf of Mexico presents the latest technical concepts and economic calculations, helping engineers make better business decisions. The book covers flow assurance, development strategies on pipeline requirements and the construction service side with a global perspective. In addition, it focuses on one of the most underdeveloped, promising assets – the Gulf of Mexico. Pipeline construction and decommissioning estimation methods are examined with reliable data presented. A final section covers trends for oil, gas, bulk oil, bulk gas, service and umbilical pipelines for installation and decommissioning using correlation models. This book delivers a much-needed tool for the pipeline engineer to better understand the economical choices and alternatives to designing, constructing, and operating today’s offshore pipelines.

Key Features

  • Built with construction and decommissioning decision tools supported by reliable data and case studies
  • Organized by parts, including a section devoted to Gulf of Mexico statistics and estimation methods
  • Helps readers gain practical knowledge on strategies and cost models from a global pipeline perspective, including environmental and mitigation considerations


Pipeline Engineers, subsea engineers, pipeline technicians, pipeline and offshore operators

Table of Contents

  • Part 1. Background
    1. Overview
    2. Flow Assurance Issues
    3. Offshore Field Development
    4. Deepwater Pipeline Routing

    Part 2. Offshore Construction Service Industry 
    5. Vessel Specifications
    6. World Pipelay Fleet circa 2019
    7. Pipelay Contractor Business Profiles
    8. Business Models and Risk Factors

    Part 3. Construction and Decommissioning Cost
    9. Pipeline Cost Estimation
    10. Gulf of Mexico Pipeline Construction Cost 
    11. Decommissioning Workflows
    12. Gulf of Mexico Pipeline Decommissioning Cost

    Part 4. Pipeline Networks, Activity Statistics and Correlations
    13. Pipeline Network Structure 
    14. Pipeline Characteristics and Source Data
    15. Gulf of Mexico Pipeline Activity Statistics
    16. Gulf of Mexico Pipeline Correlations

    A. Offshore Development Records 
    B. Worked Examples
    C. OCS Regulatory Framework
    D. Pipeline Tariff Rates

Product details

  • No. of pages: 502
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Gulf Professional Publishing 2020
  • Published: April 8, 2020
  • Imprint: Gulf Professional Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128202883
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128202906

About the Author

Mark Kaiser

Mark Kaiser is Marathon Professor and Director of the Research and Development Division at the Center for Energy Studies at Louisiana State University. His areas of expertise include cost estimation, decommissioning, fiscal systems, offshore infrastructure and service industries, refining, and regulatory modeling.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor and Director, Center for Energy Studies, Louisiana State University, USA

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