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  • Valves Services

    CONSUB holds specialist expertise in the field of valves and offer our services in a unique and flexible way.

    We recognize that there are many situations on projects or within an operations environment where there is a need for valve expertise but not necessarily on a full-time basis. Notwithstanding this the client does look for continuity of resource so that the intent is carried through even if there is significant time between involvements.

    CONSUB provides access to a Technical Authority on valves on an ad hoc basis without any retention or financial commitment. If there is no requirement then there are no charges. For these services, we use long term members of staff to ensure the continuity of the resource. They are highly experienced in their area and can plan their work and interaction with client and 3rd party contractors to ensure appropriate coverage is provided. We agree reporting lines and periods with our clients to ensure transparency.

    Within the team, we hold extensive valve and actuator experience for both subsea and onshore valves of all types and sizes. We can support our clients for specification and procurement of new valves as well as maintenance planning, condition monitoring and problem solving on valves already in operation.

    Our delivery minded approach and attention to detail ensures the valves are correctly specified for the client’s application and avoids expensive and unnecessary over or under specification. Additionally, due to the experience of working in the Valve and Actuator sector, our engineers are able to draw on the additional benefits of the new innovations being brought to the market to help improve functionality, performance and cost.

    The CONSUB valve team is supported by our multi discipline team of engineers including materials, welding, manifold, pipeline and pigging specialists. Any wider issues raised by the supplier or the client are addressed professionally and in a timely fashion by our team.

    Our Services in this area are summarized below:

    Projects – Conceptual, FEED and Execution Phases 

    • Definition of functional requirements & selection of valve types
    • Selection / Prequalification of appropriate Suppliers
    • Development of Valve Assembly Technical Specifications
    • Scheduling and Cost Estimates
    • Development of ITT documentation
    • Technical and Commercial Evaluations of tenders
    • Package management of valve suppliers during manufacturing and FAT
    • Engineering and QA Attendance at valve suppliers for key activities 

    Operations 

    • Maintenance planning
    • Condition Monitoring
    • Trouble shooting
    • Root Cause analysis
    • Management of intervention & repair operations
    Valves Services
    Technical Authority
  • Valves Fault Investigation and Root Cause Analysis

    Project Overview

    Large quantities of cooling water are required within Saudi Arabia for both the domestic and industrial purposes. The YANBU II Power and Water Project Marine Facilities on the Red Sea coast represents the latest in a number of large pumping stations designed to support the local industries. Therefore, high reliability of the pumping system is extremely important to all involved.

    2.3m OD Motor Operated Valves (MOVs) and Combined Check Valves (CCVs) are installed in the pump discharge pipes, which are connected to the cooling Water headers No 1, 2 & 3 of Yanbu II Power and Water Plant.

    During the commissioning and testing of the Marine Facilities Plant, defects were observed on the MOVs and on the CCVs.

    Scope of Services

    CONSUB was requested to provide valve technical specialist support and to perform a Root Cause Analysis  (RCA) on the issue.

    The work for this included:

    • Technical Review of Issues
    • Site Visit to Yanbu to:
      • Assess the situation
      • Interview onsite personnel from both EPC Contractor and Operator
      • Provision of specialist personnel
      • Review Documents and Design
    • Produce Survey Report for input into RCA
    • Make requisitions for data and record request status
    • Develop the RCA using Taproot software
    • Provide recommendations for resolution of the issues identified
    • Produce a full RCA report

     

    Valves Fault Investigation and Root Cause Analysis
    Technical Authority
  • BP West Nile Delta Valves

    Project Overview

    The West Nile Delta (WND) Gas Development will develop a series of gas condensate fields, located within the North Alexandria concession, offshore the Arab Republic of Egypt. The development will utilise subsea wells and associated gathering systems flowing to an onshore reception and processing terminal for treatment.

    The fields are located in water depths ranging from 300 to 750m and up to 80km offshore. The wells will be tied back to subsea manifolds before flowing to shore through a three field dedicated multiphase gathering systems tied into two trunk lines which transport the production to the onshore gas terminal.

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                                                                          Actuator from 10-inch 10k HIPPS valve

    Scope of Services

    BP engaged CONSUB to provide technical and delivery package management services comprising the specification development, tendering and award of qualification valves. Scope included 5k (up to 20-inch Ball Valves) and 10K (up to 16-inch Ball Valves) valves.

    Also included was a 10-inch 10k HIPPS gate valve rated to SIL 3 certification level.

    CONSUB was responsible for the following activities:

    • Review of Company specifications and scope of work and identification of exceptions and qualifications.
    • Review of Valve suppliers on the market place for conformance with Company specification.
    • Preparation of ITTs for Valves on each project
    • Establish qualification status and requirements on each proposed valve design.
    • Review of tenders both technical and commercial.
    • Preparation tender evaluation report with recommendation for award
    • Input to BP Global Subsea Hardware Group strategy for valve qualification testing.
    BP West Nile Delta Valves
    Project Management
  • Kaombo Project – Subsea Valves

    Project Overview

    The Kaombo project is a development in Block 32 offshore Angola. The block is located about 150km offshore Angola.

    The development will include six fields, Gindungo, Gengibre, Canela, Louro, Mostarda West and Caril which will be tied back to two FPSO’s.

    The selected concept consists of hybrid loops with one insulated production line and one non insulated service line per field. Water injection is required on all fields. Gas is exported to GEP Network. The water depth in the area extends from 1425m (Gindungo) to 1925m (Louro).

    CONSUB is contracted by INTECSEA to provide technical support and package management services for their client Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC).

    Scope of Services

    CONSUB services include technical and delivery package management for Valves, Flanges, Hot Stabs and Small Bore Piping packages as follows:

    • Specification production technical support and review.
    • Vendor bid review, evaluation and vendor selection for each package.
    • Innovative solutions and new technologies were introduced to improve schedule and commercial impact at all stages.
    • Technical Authority with technical responsibility for all packages within the scope including construction and final FAT and SAT phases.
    • Package Management and Expediting.

    Scope of packages included:

    • 700+ Stabs, Receptacles and Ancillaries
    • 360+ Subsea Valves
    • 7 Special Bleed Flanges
    • 600m Small Bore Piping
    Kaombo Project – Subsea Valves
    Technical Authority
  • Onshore Facilities Repair Strategy

    Project Overview

    Nord Stream operations group engaged CONSUB to provide engineering services on the onshore facilities at landfall Russia and landfall Germany.

    The onshore facilities are located near Vyborg in Russia (LFFR) and Lubmin in Germany (LFFG) and feed two 1,224km long offshore 48-inch pipelines transporting 55BCM of gas per year from Russia to Germany. The facilities have been in operation since 2011.

    Scope of Services

    As part of these services, CONSUB have developed the onshore repair strategy for Nord Stream operations to ensure they are adequately prepared for eventualities that lie outside their planned maintenance activities associated with the onshore facilities of the system. Elements making up the repair strategy are given in Figure 1.

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    Figure 1: Elements Inputting into the Onshore Repair Strategy

    The first stage of developing the repair strategy was to carry out an assessment of potential damage and equipment failure with the corresponding consequence for repair. This identifed system parts which were critical to gas transportation and allowed the subsequent development of the repair strategy to focus on these. The second stage was to detail the most appropriate repair scenarios to match potential damage of these critical system parts and ensure the most suitable readiness was implemented.

    CONSUB was responsible for:

    • Developing necessary measures that economically mitigate downtime of the system;
    • Develop spares and materials strategy to reinforce existing spares philosophies;
    • Develop generic repair methods for critical system parts;
    • Identify aspects of the generic repair methodologies that may require further development, including recommendations for:
    • Additional supplier agreements;
    • Additional contractor agreements;
    • Transportation and importation;
    • Development of repair methods;
    • Operational procedures;
    • Preparation of compliance documents;

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    Figure 2: Nord Stream Russia Landfall

    Onshore Facilities Repair Strategy
    Engineering Integrity Managment
  • Integrity Management Nord Stream

    Project Overview

    Nord Stream operations group engaged CONSUB to provide engineering services for the onshore facilities at landfall Russia and landfall Germany.

    The onshore facilities are located near Vyborg in Russia (LFFR) and Lubmin in Germany (LFFG) and feed two 1,224km long offshore 48-inch pipelines transporting 55BCM of gas per year from Russia to Germany. The facilities have been in operation since 2011.

    Scope of Services

    Nord Stream Operations Group engage CONSUB to perform their Annual Integrity Assessment of the dry section of the pipeline at the Russian and German Landfalls, including piping, pig launchers and receivers, valves and associated equipment

    This scope includes:

    • Development of criteria for the Integrity Assessment;
    • Review of process data, maintenance and Inspection results;
    • Assessment of any operations, maintenance or inspection anomalies found;
    • Carrying out of the Integrity Assessment;
    • Conducting a Peer review with the Client;
    • Issuing the final Integrity Assessment Report.

    As part of the Integrity scope, CONSUB developed a method and criteria for assessing Deviations in compliance with Nord Stream’s Maintenance Requirements.

    This scope included:

    • The development of Deviations Assessment Criteria;
    • Development of a Deviations Control Procedure;
    • A review of planned maintenance against Nord Stream’s maintenance requirements;
    • The development of a list of Deviations for 2016;
    • Recommendations for revised maintenance plans by risk review.

    CONSUB have completed Integrity Assessments for the years of 2014, 2015 and 2016 and the Deviations scope for 2016.

    Integrity Management Nord Stream
    Engineering
  • BP West Nile Delta Subsea Manifolds

    Project Overview

    The West Nile Delta (WND) Gas Development will develop a series of gas condensate fields, located within the North Alexandria concession, offshore the Arab Republic of Egypt. The development will utilise subsea wells and associated gathering systems flowing to an onshore reception and processing terminal for treatment.

    The fields are located in water depths ranging from 300 to 750m and up to 80km offshore. The wells will be tied back to subsea manifolds before flowing to shore through a three field dedicated multiphase gathering systems tied into two trunk lines which transport the production to the onshore gas terminal.

    Scope of Services

    BP engaged CONSUB to provide manifold technical and delivery package management services. CONSUB personnel acted within an integrated team with the BP Global Subsea Hardware group overseeing the BP SPS contractor Cameron.

    The manifolds comprised 4No.subsea manifolds with two of the four manifolds containing a separately retrievable HIPPS module with multiple 10-inch 10K HIPPS gate valves. All of the manifolds were fabricated at Maedia, Alexandria in Egypt.

     

     

    BP West Nile Delta Subsea Manifolds
    Technical Authority
  • Pipelines Construction Method Study

    Project Overview

    Nord Stream 2 (NSP2) engaged CONSUB to provide engineering services on the Russian Onshore Pipeline Construction Assessment at Narva Bay, Russia.

    The proposed Narva Bay Landfall Pig Trap Area site and onshore 2 No. 48-inch pipelines for NSP2 is located within the Kurgalski Protected Area, a designated Nature Sanctuary with Regional Protection Status, and a designated Internationally Protected Area (RAMSAR Convention). In this regard, it is important that any potential environmental impacts associated with pipeline construction activities are minimised through the nearshore area, the beach and intertidal zone, the coastal forest belt and onshore wetlands.

    Scope of Services

    CONSUB are performing a desktop constructability review for the various pipeline construction methods (Open-cut and trenchless methods) that could be adopted to install the new NSP2 pipelines in the onshore and nearshore areas of Narva Bay, Russia.

    Technical issues were highlighted to identify construction risks and the impact these may have on the environment, project schedule and overall costs. For construction by trenchless methods, six trenchless options were assessed for the onshore pipeline route and shore approach.

    The six trenchless options assessed were:

    • Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD);
    • Micro tunnelling (Pipe jacking);
    • Tunnelling (Segmental);
    • Direct Pipe;
    • Auger Boring;
    • Pipe Express (Semi-Trenchless).

     

    CONSUB provides a team of multi discipline engineers covering pipelines, civil construction and tunnelling based in our Hampton Court Office, London and in NSP2 office in Zug, Switzerland

    Pipelines Construction Method Study
    Engineering
  • TurkStream Pipelines Technical Support

    Project Overview

    The offshore section of the South Stream/TurkStream Project consists of four 32” pipelines, which will transport natural gas from Russia through the Black Sea to Bulgaria. Each pipeline is 900km long with a maximum water depth of 2,250m. The total capacity of the four pipelines is 63BCM/yr.

    CONSUB is contracted by INTECSEA to provide FEED and project engineering support services for a series of deep water large diameter pipelines across the Black Sea for their client South Stream BV.

    Scope of Services

    During the FEED stage CONSUB was responsible for the following activities:

    • Permitting technical support
    • Micro-tunnelling specification and scope development
    • Landfall instrumentation technical support
    • Valve package management services – technical assistance in the development and evaluation of specifications and ITT’s.

    Landfall facilities package engineering – technical assistance in the development and evaluation of specifications and ITT’s.

    During line pipe and buckle arrestor qualification programme CONSUB provided a full inspection team covering three Japanese linepipe mills.

    Subsequent to award of EPC contracts, activities include the provision of project engineering support during execution phase for the following:

    • Valve procurement
    • Landfall facilities design and construction (package management)
    • Micro-tunnelling expertise
    • Bulgarian permitting technical support
    TurkStream Pipelines Technical Support
    Engineering
  • Towed Bundle Study

    Project Overview

    Cladtek Holdings Pte Ltd contracted CONSUB to perform a study into the feasibility of a towed pipeline bundle solution for a 5km long encased pipeline bundle system to be installed offshore Western Australia. The main aim of the study was to establish the feasibility of fabricating the pipeline bundle system at a site in Indonesia and installing it by tow to a location offshore Western Australia. A critical aspect of the study was to establish a feasible tow route across the Timor Trench where water depth are in the order of 2000m.

    Scope of Services

    Scope of work for the towed pipeline bundle feasibility study includes the following:

    • Establish pipeline bundle system including cross section, weight and buoyancy requirements, section length, umbilical integration, towhead layout and sizing.
    • Review the available fabrication and installation methods and define fabrication site minimum requirements.
    • Review the proposed site and field data and infrastructure for suitability of fabrication and installation of the pipeline bundle system.
    • Review and assess potential fabrication and launch sites.
    • Identify and review potential tow routes and associated survey requirements for installation.
    • Identify vessel requirements for launch, tow and installation.
    • Identify equipment and personnel requirements for the potential pipeline fabrication and launch sites.

    Once a preferred solution was agreed the scope then included the following:

    • Describe fabrication and onshore testing method.
    • Describe launch, tow and installation method.
    • Define key lead times and schedule durations for procurement, fabrication and installation of the pipeline bundle system.
    • Develop concept study level cost estimate.
    Towed Bundle Study
    Engineering
  • Diverless Connection Systems Package Management

    Project Overview

    The BP Angola Programme focused on three Assets within the Angolan Geographical region namely Block 31 North East, Block 18 Western Area and Block 31 South East.

    The Block 31 North East development consists of four oil fields located in water depths between 1800m to 2,200. Clusters of production wells were tied back via manifolds to the FPSO via individual flow lines. The wells included production, water injection, gas injection and gas export.

    Block B Western Area consists of two oil fields which are located in depths ranging from 1,450m and 1,650m. Production facilities are presently envisaged to be similar to the Block 31 North East development due to an FPSO located in the centre Block 31 South East development consists of six oilfield discoveries which are found in water depths ranging from 1,600 to 2000m in a geographically dispersed region. These discoveries are expected to form the mid FPSO and the Block 31 South East developments with tiebacks ranging between 5 and 20 km.

    Scope of Services

    BP contracted CONSUB to be responsible for the Package Management of the diverless connectors and the connector tooling.

    CONSUB was responsible for the delivery management of connectors, horizontal and vertical, and connector tooling and related equipment and for the management of all technical support of this tooling in Angola and offshore during spool deployment.

    The project reached first gas in 2014.

     

     

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    Diverless Connection Systems Package Management
    Project Management
  • Frigg Gamma Delta Concept Selection Study

    Client: g3baxi / Centrica Energi
    Project: Frigg Gamma Delta Fixed Platform Solution Concept Select Study
    Location: North Sea, Norwegian Sector
    Date: 2014
    Keywords: Subsea Architecture, Conceptual Design, Cost Estimating


     

    Project Overview

    The Frigg Gamma and Frigg Delta discoveries are located in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea within PL442 east of the closed Frigg Main field. Gamma and Delta, which lie in PL442, have a recoverable reserve estimate of 16.04 MSm3 of oil with an API gravity of 22.5-25°.

    Centrica Energi has been evaluating the development options for the Frigg Gamma Delta (FGD) field, includingevelopment on a standalone basis or in a combined development with other nearby fields. The Select Study fixed platform solution scope has been part of this evaluation. CONSUB provided all subsea input to thestudy which was coordinated by g3 Baxi Partnership Ltd. d

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    Scope of Services

    CONSUB’s supported an early phase scope to select the optimum drilling option and subsea well arrangement. This was part of other early phase scopes which supported and refined the fixed platform solution for this Select study (wells drilled at a Delta drill centre tied back using subsea facilities to a fixed production platform at the Gamma drill centre with stabilized oil exported to Oseberg A via a newly installed pipeline).

    CONSUB provided the conceptual design of the subsea facilities. The subsea pipeline design included:

    • Routing assessment;
    • Material selection;
    • Mechanical design including stability, expansion and buckling assessment;
    • Pipeline coating and corrosion protection design;
    • Crossing design and quantity;
    • Trenching lengths and rock dump volumes;
    • Installation assessment.

     

    The subsea production system design included:

    • Definition of the control system and umbilical
    • Comparison of standard SPS supplier solutions and their applicability to FGD
    • Compare diver or diverless tie-in systems.

     

    The definition derived through the conceptual design was used to support a Class III cost estimate and associated project execution schedule which was integrated into the overall fixed platform solution CAPEX.

    Frigg Gamma Delta Concept Selection Study
    Engineering
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