Fourteen Injured in Explosion on Pipelayer in Caspian Sea

Offshore contractor Saipem has confirmed that 14 of its employees were injured in an explosion on board a pipelayer in the Caspian Sea on Wednesday. Saipem said the explosion occurred on the Saipem-operated vessel, Israfil Huseynov, which is conduction pipelaying in the Caspian Sea for the Shah Deniz II project. The comany said the incident was related to maintenance … [Read more...]

Saipem Gets Green Light for South Stream Pipelay Project

Saipem has just been given the go-ahead by South Stream Transport BV to commence construction of a multi-billion dollar 931 kilometer subsea gas pipeline that will connect Russia to Europe through the Black Sea. Water depths for this pipeline will reach up to 2200 meters. South Stream Transport B.V. is wholly-owned by Gazprom. Russian natural gas also flows via a … [Read more...]

MV Solitaire Gets to Work on World Record Polarled Subsea Pipeline

On Thursday 26 March, Allseas' pipelay vessel Solitaire commenced operations on the first stage of the Polarled pipeline project. The 482-kilometer pipeline will eventually be operated by Gassco and transport natural gas on the seafloor at water depths of up to 1265 meters from the Aasta Hansteen field in the Norwegian Sea south to Nyhamna in western Norway. Statoil notes … [Read more...]

Saipem’s Giant Pipelay Ship Castorone Starts Work Off Darwin

Saipem’s deepwater pipelay installation vessel Castorone commenced laying the remaining 718 kilometer section of 42-inch pipe last week, according to INPEX, the Japanese exploration and production company.  This subsea pipeline, which will measure 889 kilometers long once fully installed at the end of this year, will support gas export from the Ichthys LNG Project and will be … [Read more...]

Time-Lapse Video: Allseas ‘Audacia’ Offshore Pipelay Vessel In Action

Check out this great time-lapse video showing exactly what Allseas' newest pipelay vessel was built to do. In service since December 2007, the MV Audacia s-lay pipelayer was built for the execution of small to large (up to 60") diameter pipeline projects in all water depths, as well as associated work such as the installation of risers and subsea protection frames. The … [Read more...]