Flexible oil lines project complete in Venezuela

PDVSA, Roffco and IMR Global Supply Ltd. have completed the first ever project to replace large diameter steel oil pipelines with flexible oil lines, using PDVSA’s production units in Lake Maracaibo.

IMR Global Supply Ltd. performed the installation, using the purpose-built Panama flagged installation vessel, Zumaque Tracer, with Aquatic Engineering & Construction Ltd., an Acteon company, who supplied the technicians and equipment to handle and deploy the pipelines and provided Project Management, Engineering  and Operational support throughout the project.

Lake Maracaibo is a large brackish bay in Venezuela, South America. The surrounding Maracaibo Basin contains large reserves of crude oil, making the lake a major profit centre for Venezuela.

The Wellstream reels and Aquatic equipment spread, 500 tonne modular drive system, 50 tonne tensioner, and ancillaries, were loaded at Port of Blyth, UK onto transportation vessel, HC Paulina for shipping to Ciudad Ojeba, Venezuela, where all the reels and Aquatic equipment, were transferred to the installation vessel.

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