Floating production and subsea specialist Crondall Energy has created a Joint Industry Network (JIN) to address experiences and challenges relating to the interaction between subsea pipelines and the seabed.
The Buckling, Lateral or Upheaval and Walking of Pipelines (known as BLUW-JIN) is a forum for oil and gas operators to share and discuss their experiences and learn from other members about challenges in the field of pipeline buckling and walking. This includes factors such as design issues, operational challenges and how these challenges have been overcome.
Crondall Energy organises and facilitates two BLUW-JIN meetings each year. The network steering committee, formed by one individual from each member company and coordinated by Crondall, will decide the content for each BLUW JIN meeting.
BLUW-JIN founder and Crondall Energy Director David Bruton notes that: “Many important lessons have been learned, including how best to mitigate against unacceptable behaviour. It is time that these lessons were shared with a wider audience, to provide guidance on future projects and improve the integrity of existing pipeline systems.”
The first BLUW-JIN meeting was held in May 2019 in London, and the is planned to take place in Houston before Christmas and will be held at the offices of a member operator.