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TMT Deploys Patented Abandonment Tooling Solution Offshore North Western Australia

February 22, 2019
As part of an abandonment project Total Marine Technology Pty Ltd (TMT) has successfully upscaled its existing patented ½” tube Hot Tap Tool (HTT) design. The HTTs were deployed offshore North Western Australia in collaboration with Sapura Energy Australia in February of this year.
Hot Tap Tool Subsea

They were used subsea to create orifices in flowlines and to flush the flowline systems. TMT`s patented system is not based on drilling methodologies, nor generates cuttings, swarf or coupons, which could contaminate the flowline and cause blockages to valves, hydraulic cylinders, motors, and pumps downstream of the HTT.

 These Australian-made tools were designed, manufactured and qualified at TMT’s facilities in Western Australia and were connected to the flowline systems in 95msw from the Sapura Constructor vessel. Set up by divers and operated via ROV intervention, the HTTs clamped, sealed and created an orifice up to 40mm (1.57”) in diameter and in up to 168mm (6.614”) OD rigid flowlines while they were still under pressure and incorporated a flow path in a single package.

The dual seal capability and the low volume back seal test confirmed a zero-leak environment was established before committing to breach the pipe. The HTTs allowed the internal pressure to be monitored and the flowlines to be flushed back to the shore facility. The high-volume flushing was by means of a 55km subsea pipeline.

CEO of TMT, Paul Colley, stated that this was a significant milestone in TMT’s development of this technology that can now be used for many future abandonment projects.