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TDW Offshore Services

Date: June 2006


Supersedes: n/a

Contents
Notice
Product Warranty
Terms and Conditions
Offshore Services

TDW Offshore Services

Brochure

SmartPlug System

Brochure

SmartLift Pipeline Recovery Tools

Brochure

Pipeline Repair Clamps

Brochure

Pipeline Pigs

Brochure

SmartTrack System

Brochure

Underwater Hot Tapping & Plugging

Brochure

T. D. Williamson, Inc.
Date: March 1999
Supersedes: n/a

Notice
Any operation involving work on pipe containing liquids or gases under pressure is potentially hazardous.
It is necessary that correct procedures be followed in the use of this equipment to maintain a safe working environment.
No person should use this equipment who is not fully trained in the procedures stated in its manual and who is not fully aware
of the potential hazards connected with work on pipe containing liquids or gases under pressure.
The equipment purchaser is responsible for the manner in which the equipment is used and the training and competence
of the operators.
Should any difficulty arise at any time in the use of equipment, please contact TDW immediately. In the U.S., Toll Free:
1-888-TDWmSon (839-6766), Phone: (918) 447-5100, Fax: (918) 446-6327, Email: info@tdwilliamson.com

Copyright 1999.
All rights reserved T.D. Williamson, Inc.
Registered trademark of T.D. Williamson, Inc.
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Data subject to change without notice.
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T. D. Williamson, Inc.
Date: June 2000
Supersedes: n/a

Product Warranty
1. Products manufactured by T. D. Williamson, Inc., are warranted free from defects in material and workmanship for a period of three
(3) years from the date of shipment from the factory. Elastomer products are warranted for one (1) year under proper storage to
be free from defects in material and workmanship. The foregoing warranty does not apply to any items not manufactured by
T. D. Williamson, including but not limited, to, electronic devices, switch components, pumps, o-rings, purchase cylinders,
etc. These third party parts will revert back to suppliers warranty. TDW assumes no liability under this or any other warranty
for components not manufactured by TDW. This Warranty applies only to products shipped after June 30, 2000.
2. If TDW accepts any claim made under this Warranty, TDWs liability, if any, shall be limited to, at TDWs sole option, repair or
replacement of the failed part or product, or a refund of the purchase price, less an allowance for services rendered for the product
prior to the Warranty claim. TDW disclaims any and all responsibility for special, consequential or incidental damages arising
out of or related to the sale, use, or inability to use any products covered by this Warranty.
3. Buyer agrees not to return goods for any reason except with the prior written consent of TDW, which consent, if given, shall specify
the terms, conditions and charges upon which any returns may be made. Materials returned to TDW for Warranty work must have a
Return Material Authorization (RMA) number, and such number must be noted on the package at the time of shipment. Claims
under this Warranty must be made in writing within ten (10) days of any failure and sent by registered mail to: P. O. Box 3409,
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74101. Any failed products or parts must be held for inspection by TDW or, at TDWs option, returned to TDWs
factory. Customer shall prepay shipping charges, and shall pay all duties and taxes, as applicable, for products or parts returned to
TDW for warranty service.
4. This Warranty shall not apply to any product or component which has been repaired or altered by anyone other than TDW, or
has become damaged due to misuse, negligence or casualty, or has been operated or maintained contrary to TDWs printed
instructions and warnings.
5. The sole purpose of the exclusive remedy contained in the limited Warranty shall be to provide repair or replacement of failed
products, or to refund the purchase price of the failed product as explained above in paragraph 2. This exclusive remedy shall not
be deemed to have failed of its essential purpose so long as TDW agrees to repair or replace the failed product or to refund the
purchase price as explained above.
6. All rights, duties, and obligations arising under this limited Warranty shall be governed by the laws of the State of Oklahoma,
U.S.A., regardless of conflict of laws provisions. In the event Buyer initiates litigation under this Warranty, Buyer hereby agrees
that jurisdiction for such litigation shall be brought only in the District Court for the County of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
7. TDW reserves the right to make any changes in or improvements on its products without incurring any liability or obligation to
update or change previously sold product and/or the accessories thereto.
8. THIS WARRANTY IS IN LIEU OF ALL OTHER WARRANTIES EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING THE WARRANTIES OF
MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSE, WHICH ARE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMED. TDW NEITHER
ASSUMES NOR AUTHORIZES ANY OTHER PERSON TO MODIFY THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, WARRANT SPECIFIC
APPLICATIONS, OR ASSUME FOR TDW ANY OTHER LIABILITY IN CONNECTION WITH THE SALE OF ANY TDW PRODUCT
OTHER THAN AS PROVIDED IN THIS WARRANTY.

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Terms and Conditions

T.D. Williamson, Inc.


September 1999

1. Minimum Order: $50.00 (U.S.). Any combination of products or services is allowed to satisfy minimum on a single shipment to a
single destination.
2. Orders: All orders are subject to acceptance by T. D. Williamson, Inc.
3. Return of Materials: Goods may be returned to T. D. Williamson, Inc., only after approval and receipt by customer of definite
shipping instructions and our written Return Materials Authorization. Returned goods are subject to restocking or reconditioning charges.
Customer fabricated items or those requiring special material or special size will not be accepted for return.
4. Prices: Prices are subject to change without notice.
5. Taxes: Any tax based on or measured by the charges made for, or the cash receipts from the sale of products or services shall be added to
the stated price.
6. Delivery: Our responsibility ceases upon delivery to any common carrier; and we do not, unless previously instructed, insure shipments
beyond the point of delivery to said carrier. We make every effort to ship all material within the time indicated by us, but do not guarantee
to do so, and all such indications are subject to delays occasioned by causes beyond our control. We assume no responsibility for delays
in delivery or defaults resulting from strikes, work stoppages, fire, floods, accidents, inability to obtain materials, fuels or transportations,
governmental decree, or any other causes which are unavoidable.
7. Claims: Claims for shortages or defective products must be made within 10 days after receipt of shipment. Loss or damage to materials
in transit is the responsibility of the carrier.
8. Cancellations and Changes: Orders once placed and accepted can be canceled or changed only with our consent and upon terms that will
save us from loss.
9. Cost of Collection and Attorney Fees: Buyer shall be responsible for all our costs and expenses, including attorney fees, incurred by us
in collecting the purchase price for goods or services sold beyond its due date inclusive of delinquency charge.
10. Terms of Payment and Delinquency Charge: Our terms of payment are as shown on our quotation or invoice. All accounts are payable
in United States funds, free of exchange rate variation or collection charges. A delinquency charge will be added on any amount not paid
within the stated terms of payment and thereafter on all accounts in arrears until paid.
11. Delays in Performance: T. D. Williamson, Inc., shall not be liable for any delay in performance hereunder due to unforeseen circumstances
or due to causes beyond its control including, but not limited to, acts of nature, acts of government, labor disputes, delays in transportation,
and delays in delivery or inability to deliver by T. D. Williamson, Inc.s suppliers.
12. Order of Precedence: (a) These Terms and Conditions and any attachments take precedence over customers additional or different
terms and conditions, to which notice of objection is hereby given. Acceptance by customer is limited to these Terms and Conditions.
Neither T. D. Williamson, Inc.s commence of performance nor delivery shall be deemed or construed as acceptance of customers additional
or different terms and conditions. (b) Customers purchase of T. D. Williamson, Inc., products hereunder represents acceptance of these
Terms and Conditions and any attachments, which together constitute the entire understanding between the parties and supersede any
previous communications, representations, or agreements by either party whether verbal or written. No change or modification of the Terms
and Conditions herein shall be valid or binding on either party unless in writing and signed by an authorized representative of each party.
13. Governing Law: Any dispute regarding the interpretation or validity hereof shall be governed by the laws of the State of Oklahoma.
The parties hereby agree that any dispute relating to the products or services sold hereunder shall be subject to the jurisdiction of the
courts within the State of Oklahoma.
14. Miscellaneous: (a) Except as may be prohibited by the U.S. Bankruptcy Laws, in the event of any insolvency or inability to pay debts as they
become due by a party hereto, or voluntary or involuntary bankruptcy proceeding by or against a party hereto, or appointment of a receiver
or assetnee for the benefit of creditors, the other party may elect to cancel any unfulfilled obligations hereunder. (b) Any required notices
shall be given in writing at the address of each party set forth herein, or to such other addresses either party may substitute by written notice
to the other. (c) Neither party may assign nor transfer any of the rights, duties, or obligations herein, without the prior written consent
of the other, and any purported attempt to do so shall be null and void. (d) TDWs failure to exercise any of its rights hereunder shall
not constitute or be deemed a waiver or forfeiture of such rights. (e) Stenographic and clerical errors are subject to correction.

Offshore Services

Pipeline
Performance

The Pipeline
Solutions Company
T.D. Williamson, Inc. (TDW) is the worlds most recognized name in pipeline equipment
and services. The company delivers safe integrity solutions for offshore applications.
TDWs experts provide hot tapping & plugging, pipeline cleaning, geometry & MFL
inspection, pigging and non-tethered plugging technology services for any pressurized
pipeline system, anywhere in the world.
An in-house, comprehensive approach to your specific project needs means TDW will
assist from beginning to end. TDW partners with you to ensure pipeline service projects
are completed safely and on time with the broadest range of quality products, services
and technical capabilities available. TDWs commitment to you: Performance based
solutions that fulfil your needs delivered on time.
TDW Offshore Services AS is the technology Center of Excellence for offshore applications
for T.D. Williamson, Inc. TDW Offshore Services world-class engineering capability has
resulted in several innovative products and services, including the SmartPlug tool,
which is the worlds leading, tetherless, pipeline pressure isolation technology.
No matter what pipeline maintenance challenge you are facing,
TDW can supply the right solution!

Pipeline
Performance
TDW provides its customers with the solutions they need to maintain production and
transportation of their hydrocarbon pipeline assets. Benefits that customers realize include:
Reduced shut-down time
Minimized production disruption on interconnected pipeline networks
during valve repairs or subsea tie-ins
Enhanced production throughput
Comprehensive repair solutions
Emergency preparedness and operational readiness
Enhanced maintenance alternatives
Engineered Solutions
All services from TDW are accomplished using products developed by TDW technicians and engineers.
All products are designed to meet specific applications, with high quality and safety reliability
standards. TDW knows that customers expect professional management of projects to ensure
solutions are achieved effectively.

P
P

Pipeline
Performance

SmartPlug

Reduced
Down Times
The primary advantage of pressure isolation is the ability to minimize production down time by keeping the
contents of the pipeline in place, maintaining product flow and pressure during repair or tie-in work.
The SmartPlug system is a piggable, remote controlled, tetherless, high pressure isolation tool. It is designed to
isolate sections of a pipeline allowing repairs, tie-ins or inspections whilst maintaining pressure elsewhere in the
system. Through-wall communication is achieved using the market leading SmartTrack system. The SmartTrack
system is used for operating the SmartPlug tool and for reliable tracking and accurate positioning of it.
A TDW STOPPLE plugging machine can also be used to temporarily isolate the product in an operating pipeline by
acting as a temporary block valve. When used in conjunction with a bypass line and another STOPPLE plugging
machine, product can be rerouted around the isolated section of pipeline, maintaining uninterrupted flow.
Both methods, used separately, or used in combination, enable pipeline repair without reducing pipeline
pressure or bleeding down the entire pipeline system. The goal is to provide a solution that minimizes
a customers production down time.
The following advantages have resulted in customer savings:
Production continues during pipeline repairs
Reduced time and cost of marine construction and associated spreads
Time and cost of de-commissioning and re-commissioning
pipelines are minimized or eliminated altogether
Reduced need to dispose of chemicals and contaminated water
Reduced emission of gas or hydrocarbon vapours to the atmosphere during blow down
Some typical applications where TDW Offshores isolation technology is highly advantageous:
Pipeline emergency valves or launcher valve replacement or repair
Riser inspection, repair or replacement
Steel Catenary Riser (SCR) isolation for inspection or repair of flex-joints
Using SmartPlug tool as an inline valve or valves, anywhere in your subsea pipeline
Mid-line pipeline repair due to anchor drags or a dropped object on the pipeline
Water or gas injection line isolation
Isolation of pipeline end manifolds, pipeline end terminals,
subsea manifolds or skids for repair, upgrade or replacement

Enhanced
Production
Throughput
TDW develops and manufactures customized pipeline pigs for every conceivable application.
One of TDWs specialities is developing pigs for multi-diameter pipelines. Combining the SmartTrack
system with any TDW pig gives an added feature of highly reliable tracking without the use of isotopes.
With capability to engineer, manufacture and test pipeline pig designs in purpose-built test rigs, TDW excels at
solving challenging pigging applications for customers. By focusing on constant innovation in product application
development, TDW is always improving pigging performance and reliability.
Tailor-made pigging equipment is developed based on customers specific needs. In addition, TDW offers
a wide range of pigging products for cleaning, preserving and monitoring of pipeline conditions. TDW also
manufactures pipeline equipment ranging from receivers, launchers, closures, PIG-SIG signalling, and pig tracking
products, along with pig handling equipment.
The following benefits have been realized by customers:
The ability to monitor pipeline pressure through wall during low pressure isolation projects
Reduced vessel time, ROV time and diving time through the ability to remotely track and
locate pigs at a specific location in a pipeline
Increased pipeline flow rates by removing wax and build-up in pipelines
V-Jet pigs that disperse corrosion inhibitor to the top of the pipeline
Minimized risk and elimination of the cost of recovering stuck pigs by testing
the pig before operation
Our proprietary SmartTrack system revolutionizes pig tracking.
The operators know a pigs location at all times and can identify individual
pigs as they pass monitoring stations down the pipeline. By making isotopes
obsolete, TDW provides higher personnel safety, an environmentally friendly
and more effective solution for customers pigging operations.

Pipeline Pigs

Subsea Clamp

Subsea Repair
Solutions
TDW Offshore Services provides quick delivery of repair solutions for piping systems,
pipeline, riser and caisson. TDW products are typically applied when unusual or extreme
situations prevent standard repairs from being performed.
TDW Offshore Services maintains a staff of experienced engineers who excel at the
custom design and manufacture of a wide range of specialized pipeline repair clamps.
Available as structural or non-structural types, TDW pipeline repair clamps are all full
pressure containing and are designed so they can be installed by divers or remotely operated vehicles (ROV). ROV clamp applications are designed to be employed with minimal
alignment and packer energizing complexity.
The following benefits have been realized by customers:
Reduced time for dive support vessel (DSV), ROV or divers
Reduced need to excavate around the pipeline for clamp installation
Very quick, integrated installation
Short lead times required to manufacture and mobilize clamp solutions
Prevention of pipeline leaks in environmentally sensitive areas by reinforcing
pipelines and platform risers
Ability to fabricate clamps to fit pipeline sizes/pressure ratings that are not
available through joint industry programs
TDW Offshore Services subsea repair solutions include a hot tap piggable wye,
enabling the insertion of coiled tubing, the SmartPlug tool, inline inspection
tool, or pig(s) into the pipeline for remediation of a pipeline blockage,
like a hydrate plug or where pigging a long distance is considered risky.

Emergency
Pipeline Repair
System
TDW Offshore Services knows that unforeseen problems like an anchor drag, collision
with a riser, or a hurricane can unexpectedly damage or disrupt pipeline operations.
Believing that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, TDW partners with
customers to be prepared and operationally ready for the unexpected.
Every pipeline system is unique, and is exposed to unique risk elements. That is why
TDW offers a pipeline system gap analysis. The study will identify the difference in
readiness to respond to a pipeline emergency, taking into consideration where the client
is today and where that client desires to be in the future in terms of response preparedness. From the data analysis TDW can customize an emergency response package that
helps customers outfit themselves with an emergency response kit. The purpose
of the kit is to enable the pipeline system to return to safe operation in the shortest time.
The TDW solution package is a combination of the SmartPlug tool, hot tap and STOPPLE
plugging technology and other TDW products and services that, when combined, help
ensure the clients are prepared to deal with what comes their way in a pipeline emergency.
The following benefits have been realized by customers:
Having a fully prepared Emergency Response capability on call
Clients get access to a unique TDW solution set, designed specifically for them
Greatly reduced pipeline asset downtime
Reduction of insurable risk premiums (better insurance policy)
More orderly return to operations, having whats needed ahead of time
Avoidance of emergency purchase and lead time premiums
The ability to leverage Emergency Response kits and services into
Integrity, Maintenance and Repair operations

Subsea
Tapping

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SmartPlug System
The TDW Offshore Services SmartPlug tool is designed
to isolate a section of pipeline while it is at operating pressure.
This enables pipeline repair without reducing pipeline pressure
or bleeding down the entire pipeline system.

Advantages
The primary advantage of using the SmartPlug tool as a method of pipeline isolation is the ability to
minimise production down time. The following advantages have resulted in savings for our customers:








No flaring of gas or displacement of pipeline contents


Production continued during pipeline repairs
No emissions of gas or hydrocarbon vapours to the atmosphere
No danger of accidentally flooding offshore pipelines during construction
No hole or future leak path is left at the isolation location
No time or money spent on de-commissioning (bleeding down) and re-commissioning
(refilling and re-pressurizing) pipelines
No need to dispose of hydrates, chemicals and contaminated water
Isolates short sections of pipeline anywhere in the pipeline system

Graphic representation of the SmartPlug system.


The tool is controlled from top-side by laptop computer
communicating with a subsea antenna by acoustic signals.

Acoustic antenna

ELF (Extremely Low Frequency) antenna


providing through-wall communication with
the SmartPlug system.

SmartPlug System Features


Highly Piggable The SmartPlug is bi-directionally piggable through flexible pipelines. It can isolate any
pipeline medium, including gas, crude oil, distillates, treated or untreated water, glycol, diesel, etc. The SmartPlug
system is module-based and can be configured for project needs.
Double Block - The standard SmartPlug system tool consists of two independent plug modules, each of
which is activated by the onboard micro-hydraulic activation system. Each module is independently capable of
isolating the full pipeline pressure, thus providing double-block isolation.

Safe, Fast & Economical


The SmartPlug tool enables the completion of pipeline
maintenance with unprecedented safety, speed, time, and cost
savings. TDW Offshore Services currently maintains SmartPlug
tools for all pipeline diameters between 10 and 42.
Other sizes are available on request.

Safety Features
The SmartPlug system is designed to be self-locked in the set position, as long as there is delta pressure
across the tool. This means that the higher the pressure, the harder the plug seals, regardless of the status of
the communication system. The SmartPlug system also includes a redundant unsetting systems, so that if all
communication fails, the plug can still be unset and recovered. The SmartPlug tool is designed to achieve
no leakage.
SmartPlug Operation, Tracking and Communication
The SmartPlug tool is activated/de-activated, tracked and monitored by a topside laptop computer through
the use of TDW Offshores proprietary control and communication system. The laptop communicates with the
SmartPlug system by sending signals to an ELF antenna placed in the vicinity of
the isolation location. The ELF antenna provides real time two-way, through-wall data
communication with the system. This allows the operator to send commands and to
receive confirmation of plug conditions and pipeline pressures.
The SmartPlug tool has an onboard SmartTrack system for tracking and
accurate positioning.
SmartPlug tools setting sequence

Graphic representation of valve


replacement project which does not
interrupt production flow.

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pip

elin

Production flow at 72 bar

Project Applications
Pipeline Valve Replacements or Repairs
Use of the SmartPlug tool allows the replacement of topside valves without reducing pipeline pressure or affecting
the production of downstream platforms.
Riser Replacement or Repairs (including flexible risers)
The SmartPlug tool can isolate the riser from the rest of the pipeline and allow pipelines with multiple downstream
platforms to remain in production while risers are replaced or repaired.
Pressure Testing and Leak Detection of Risers or Repaired Pipelines
The use of a three-plug module SmartPlug train, with one-plug module in the reverse direction to isolate the
test pressure, enables the operator to pressure test the repaired sections of the pipeline or riser as soon as the
construction is completed.
Midline Pipeline Repair and Tie-Ins
The use of two SmartPlug tools in a train allows the isolation of a specific section of a pipeline for repairs,
replacement or tie-ins. Pipeline intervention can be completed without the displacement of pipeline content
and without interrupting production in other pipelines connected to the transport system.

~250 km
26 Gas
line
30 Oil lin
e

Graphic representation of a riser


replacement project which does
not interrupt downstream production

Graphic representation of a riser hydro-test


with the line at full operating pressure after
the replacement of an ESD valve.

Replaced valve
Water at 135 bar
Gas at 7

0 bar

Dry Tie-Ins of Risers or Pipelines


The SmartPlug tool can be set at the end of a dry pipeline before laying it down on the sea floor. This saves days
of pipelay vessel use, and allows dry tie-ins using less expensive vessels to pick up the pipeline from the sea floor at
a later date.
The SmartPlug system can be used as a method of pipeline flood prevention during the handover of the
pipeline from the lay vessel to the platform, should a wet buckle occur. The SmartPlug system can also be used
for flood prevention during lay down, lifting, or while placing the riser in the porch.
Platform Abandonment and Bypass
The SmartPlug system can be used to plug both import and export lines of a platform so that the lines can
be cut and tied together for a subsea bypass, or connected to other lines for rerouting. The cut pipelines can also
be capped or blinded for future construction or abandonment.
The SmartPlug system enables the work to be completed without shutting down other platforms connected
to the pipeline system. The use of the SmartPlug system eliminates the need to find and operate subsea valves
for isolation.

24 Gas pipeline

71.6 km

Graphic representation of the midline


replacement on a pipeline at operating
pressure. Each end of the cut pipeline was
brought to the surface to weld on a flange
with the pipeline isolated at 750 psi

10.3 km

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Jumper Replacement
The SmartPlug tool can be pigged from the FPSO or platform to isolate the jumper. This allows jumper
replacement without wetting the system and without replacing the oil or gas, thus preventing costly and timeconsuming commissioning operations.
Flex Joint Isolation for Repair
SmartPlug tools are used to prevent the flooding of SCRs while lifting the pipeline to the surface or during
underwater construction. The SmartPlug system allows production to continue downstream if the SCR is part
of a wider transportation system.
Tie-In of Deep-Water Flow Lines and Pipelines
Deep-water flow lines and pipelines often have a preinstalled tee to allow for tie-in of future wells or pipelines.
One SmartPlug tool on each side of the tee allows quick and safe performance of such tie-ins. The SmartPlug
system allows the tie-in to be performed without shutting down the flow line/pipeline, without flooding, and
without environmental impact or clean-up.
Flood Prevention during Deepwater Pipelay
The SmartLay system is towed inside the pipeline above the sag bend to protect the lay barge in the event of
a wet buckle. The SmartLay system can also be installed below the sag bend to protect the laid pipeline from
flooding.
The SmartLay system is fitted with sensors to detect the ingress of water, or pressure build-up inside the pipeline.
When such conditions are detected, the SmartLay plug activates and isolates the pipeline. The SmartLay system
can be activated and deactivated with an ROV fitted by TDW Offshores electromagnetic communication system.

Graphic representation of the SmartLay


flood prevention system

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TDW Offshore Services Smart Pipeline Solutions


TDW Offshore is the worldwide leader in tetherless, through-wall remote-controlled pipeline pressure isolation
services. We minimise your pipeline downtime through fast-track delivery of project-specific pigging, repair and
handling tools, both onshore and offshore.
TDW Offshore has a large in-house engineering department, allowing TDW Offshore to meet customer needs.
TDW Offshore is certified to ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management System.
TDW Offshore Services is a subsidiary of T.D. Williamson, Inc. (TDW). TDW, the worlds most recognized
name in pipeline equipment and services, delivers safe integrity solutions for onshore and offshore applications.
TDWs experts provide hot tapping and plugging, pipeline cleaning, geometry and MFL inspection, pigging
and non-tethered plugging pig technology services for any pressurized pipeline system, anywhere in the world.
TDW Offshore offers a broad range of products and services, such as:

Pipeline Pressure Isolations


Pipeline Pigging
Pipeline Flood Prevention
Pipeline Construction
Pipeline Repair

For sales information:

TDW Offshore Services


www.tdwoffshore.com
Tdw Offshore Services AS
Fabrikkveien 15,
P.O.Box 8011
N-4068 Stavanger, Norway
Phone: +47 51 44 32 40
Fax: +47 51 44 32 41

Tdw Offshore Services, L.L.C.


4220 World Houston Parkway, Suite 100
Houston, TX 77032 ,USA
Phone: +1 832 448 7200
Fax: +1 832 448 7240

T.d. Williamson
Asia Pacific Pte Ltd
4 Tech Park Cescent, 3rd Floor
Singapore 638128
Phone: +65 6364 8520
Fax: +65 6364 8521

Tdw Offshore Services


c/o GASOS
P.O. Box 203, 13th Floot,
Bin Homoodah Building,
Sh. Khalifa Street
Abu Dhabi, UAE
Phone: +971 50 6155146

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SmartLift Pipeline
Recovery Tools
TDW Offshore Services maintains a range of SmartLift Pipeline
Recovery Tools (PRTs) that can be customized to meet project
requirements at short notice for both rental and sale. These PRTs are
designed to handle large diameter pipelines, heavy loads and lifts with
high bending moments. The SmartLift PRT can perform multiple
functions in addition to standard pipeline retrieval.

Advantages








Subsea pipelines can be isolated and pressure-tested without the installation of a blind flange
or welded end cap
The tool can be installed and actuated by ROV
Short lead times for design and fabrication
The gripping elements are manufactured to suit the pipeline material
Ability to dewater the pipeline by remote control before pick-up
Control the flooding of subsea pipelines
Quick release and retrieval of pipelines during or after pipelay
Reduction of vessel, ROV and dive time

10 SmartLift PRT

12 SmartLift PRT recovering a pipeline

Pipeline recovery tools are traditionally used for recovering pipelines to the surface, or laying them down on the sea floor.
TDW Offshore designs and manufactures the SmartLift PRT for a variety of special functions, and for all pipeline sizes.
By using a SmartLift PRT, there is no need to prepare the pipe end for pick-up or lay-down. Our PRTs shorten
the recovery time and enable quick pipeline handling.
Features
The SmartLift PRT system can be designed so that a single tool can be used to pick up and recover multiple pipeline
diameters. The SmartLift PRT is also equipped with a fail-safe pipeline gripping system that self-locks mechanically
after setting the tool. This PRT can be activated by divers or remotely by ROV. Each SmartLift PRT is approved and
certified by Det Norske Veritas (DnV).

Applications for the Internal SmartLift system


Pipeline Hydrotest
The SmartLift system can be designed to include sealing elements that enable the tool to be used for pipeline
hydrotesting and flushing. This eliminates the need to dewater or retrieve the pipeline to the surface in order to
verify pipeline integrity. The sealing function provides a safe alternative to temporary lay-down heads, pig traps,
or test blinds. Hydrotest pressures up to 350 bar/5000 psi have been retained using SmartLift tools.
Emergency Pipeline Abandonment
The SmartLift system can be used as a contingency method of quickly disconnecting pipelines from pipelay
vessels and laying them on the sea floor. This may be necessary in bad weather or if construction problems occur.
The PRT can be equipped with a flood prevention system that will keep the pipeline dry and enable the pipeline
to be easily retrieved from the sea floor.




Temporary Pig Launchers/Receivers


The SmartLift system can include a pig-launching
system for launching and receiving pigs without adding
a dedicated pig trap, flange, or similar connection
to the pipeline.



Pig Launcher with pre-installed pig
The





The SmartLift system is beneficial when it is necessary to


dewater parts, or the entire pipeline, in order to reduce
its weight and allow the laybarge to retrieve it.
Compressed air can be pumped through the SmartLift
system to push a dewatering pig through the line, thus saving
the expense and time of running the pig from shore.
Alternatively, the SmartLift system may be used
as a pig receiver by purging water through the PRT as
the pig is pushed from the other end with air pressure.

The Pig is launched

16 SmartLift PRT

16 to 20 Multi-Diameter SmartLift PRT

The SmartLift PRT can be used to install a SmartPlug tool in order to pressure-isolate a section of pipeline
before lifting it to the surface. By using the SmartLift PRT in combination with the SmartPlug tool, the isolated
section of pipeline will remain dry once the PRT is removed from the end of the pipe at the surface.
Various combinations of the applications above can be designed into a SmartLift system to meet multiple tool
function requirements.
External SmartLift system
TDW Offshore provides external SmartLift systems that attach the PRT to the outside of the pipeline.
This may be preferable when the combination of pipe size and load makes an internal SmartLift system
unsuitable. The external SmartLift PRT is ideal for damaged pipeline ends with internal obstructions,
pipe bundles, or pipe-in-pipe configurations.
Eye Lifting (Stab-over)
TDW Offshore offers external eye lifting tools that operate on the principle that holes are drilled through the pipe
wall on opposite sides of the pipe. This is performed by a ROV or diver-operated hole-saw. A lifting bolt is then
inserted through the holes and the pipe is recovered to surface by means of a lifting clamp.
These tools are typically used under project conditions where the other SmartLift systems are unsuitable.

6 ROV-operated eye lift tool

10/12 diver-installed eye lift tool

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TDW Offshore Services Smart Pipeline Solutions


TDW Offshore is the worldwide leader in tetherless, through-wall remote-controlled pipeline pressure isolation
services. We minimise your pipeline downtime through fast-track delivery of project-specific pigging, repair and
handling tools, both onshore and offshore.
TDW Offshore has a large in-house engineering department, allowing TDW Offshore to meet customer needs.
TDW Offshore is certified to ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management System.
TDW Offshore Services is a subsidiary of T.D. Williamson, Inc. (TDW). TDW, the worlds most recognized
name in pipeline equipment and services, delivers safe integrity solutions for onshore and offshore applications.
TDWs experts provide hot tapping and plugging, pipeline cleaning, geometry and MFL inspection, pigging
and non-tethered plugging pig technology services for any pressurized pipeline system, anywhere in the world.
TDW Offshore offers a broad range of products and services, such as:

Pipeline Pressure Isolations


Pipeline Pigging
Pipeline Flood Prevention
Pipeline Construction
Pipeline Repair

For sales information:

TDW Offshore Services


www.tdwoffshore.com
Tdw Offshore Services AS
Fabrikkveien 15,
P.O.Box 8011
N-4068 Stavanger, Norway
Phone: +47 51 44 32 40
Fax: +47 51 44 32 41

Tdw Offshore Services, L.L.C.


4220 World Houston Parkway, Suite 100
Houston, TX 77032 ,USA
Phone: +1 832 448 7200
Fax: +1 832 448 7240

T.d. Williamson
Asia Pacific Pte Ltd
4 Tech Park Cescent, 3rd Floor
Singapore 638128
Phone: +65 6364 8520
Fax: +65 6364 8521

Tdw Offshore Services


c/o GASOS
P.O. Box 203, 13th Floot,
Bin Homoodah Building,
Sh. Khalifa Street
Abu Dhabi, UAE
Phone: +971 50 6155146

www.tdwoffshore.com

Pipeline
Repair Clamps
TDW Offshore Services engineers, designs and manufactures complete
pipeline, riser and caisson repair solutions. Our clamp designs enable
rapid manufacture, delivery and installation of clamps to fit pipeline
sizes/pressure ratings that are not readily available in the market.

Advantages
The advantages that have resulted in savings for our customers include the following:

Restoration of a pipelines maximum allowable operating pressure (MAOP)

Short lead times required to deliver and mobilize

Very quick installation

Reduced vessel, ROV and dive time

Flexibility to fabricate clamps that are suitable for both carbon steel and stainless steel pipelines

Reduced excavation around the pipeline or reduced need to lift the pipeline for clamp installation

20 ROV-installed pipeline leak repair clamp for a customers


crude oil pipeline with optional epoxy injection ports.

8 diver-installed flange leak repair clamp


for a customers gas pipeline.

Repair Clamps
We maintain an engineering staff that excels in the custom design and fabrication of a wide range of repair
clamps. TDW Offshores clamps can be installed by divers or ROVs, and by our technicians for topside applications.
We also specialize in clamps for all diameter pipelines or clamps that require zero leak tolerance due to hazardous
pipeline contents. TDW Offshore supplies these clamps with extremely short lead times.
Pipeline Leakage Repair Clamps
TDW Offshores pipeline repair clamps incorporate two clamp halves that are fitted with seals. These halves
are then closed around the leaking pipeline or the defect area to stop or prevent it from leaking.
Tensioned bolts run through the clamp halves binding the two half-pieces securely together. Longitudinal seals
are then energized to stop external leakage between the two halves. TDW Offshores repair clamps ensure a high
level of sealing integrity by using multiple sealing methods.
If the pipeline has structural damage we will integrate structural modules within the system design.
ROV-Installed
Short clamp installation times are achieved with less excavation. TDW Offshores clamps use running tools
to reduce ROV task complexity and the need for extensive access around the pipeline.
All functions of our tools are automated by making hot stab connections with API standard stabs. Automated
running tools reduce vessel time required to install the clamp and reduce pipeline production downtime.
Diver-Installed
TDW Offshore designs and manufactures clamps for diver-assisted projects. Like the diver-less clamps,
these clamps are designed for rapid manufacture and delivery.

A ROV-operated TDW Offshore leak/structural


repair clamp is closed around a pipeline
that is leaking at 2300 PSI.

Grout or epoxy is injected into a leak repair clamp.

A ROV-operated running tool for a TDW Offshore clamp is removed from


the leak/structural repair clamp and brought to the surface for reuse.

TDW Offshore can engineer and manufacture clamps to meet a variety of project conditions
in order to isolate all elements of a pipeline system, including:


Flanges
Mainline
Branch connections

Pipeline, Riser, and Caisson Structural Repair Clamps


TDW Offshore manufactures pipeline, caisson, platform jacket and riser structural repair clamps. These are
designed to restore the structural integrity of the unit in locations that are corroded or damaged. Clamps can
also be designed with a pressure-retaining capacity in addition to structural improvement. The most common
use of structural clamps on risers is as life extension by providing additional splash zone protection.
All TDW Offshore clamps are designed to be injected with grout or epoxy if desired. Injecting grout between
the riser/pipeline and the clamp maximizes sealing and structural strength and provides a permanent repair
for the operator.

Grouted riser clamps for repair in the splash zone.

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TDW Offshore is the worldwide leader in tetherless, through-wall remote-controlled pipeline pressure isolation
services. We minimise your pipeline downtime through fast-track delivery of project-specific pigging, repair and
handling tools, both onshore and offshore.
TDW Offshore has a large in-house engineering department, allowing TDW Offshore to meet customer needs.
TDW Offshore is certified to ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management System.
TDW Offshore Services is a subsidiary of T.D. Williamson, Inc. (TDW). TDW, the worlds most recognized
name in pipeline equipment and services, delivers safe integrity solutions for onshore and offshore applications.
TDWs experts provide hot tapping and plugging, pipeline cleaning, geometry and MFL inspection, pigging
and non-tethered plugging pig technology services for any pressurized pipeline system, anywhere in the world.
TDW Offshore offers a broad range of products and services, such as:

Pipeline Pressure Isolations


Pipeline Pigging
Pipeline Flood Prevention
Pipeline Construction
Pipeline Repair

For sales information:

TDW Offshore Services


www.tdwoffshore.com
Tdw Offshore Services AS
Fabrikkveien 15,
P.O.Box 8011
N-4068 Stavanger, Norway
Phone: +47 51 44 32 40
Fax: +47 51 44 32 41

Tdw Offshore Services, L.L.C.


4220 World Houston Parkway, Suite 100
Houston, TX 77032 ,USA
Phone: +1 832 448 7200
Fax: +1 832 448 7240

T.d. Williamson
Asia Pacific Pte Ltd
4 Tech Park Cescent, 3rd Floor
Singapore 638128
Phone: +65 6364 8520
Fax: +65 6364 8521

Tdw Offshore Services


c/o GASOS
P.O. Box 203, 13th Floot,
Bin Homoodah Building,
Sh. Khalifa Street
Abu Dhabi, UAE
Phone: +971 50 6155146

www.tdwoffshore.com

Pipeline Pigs
TDW Offshore Services has the unique ability to engineer, manufacture,
and test pipeline pigs that solve multiple pipeline pigging challenges.
By focusing on continual innovation in product development, TDW
Offshore consistently increases pipeline pig performance and capacity.

TDW Offshore specializes in multi-diameter, multi-function pigs, and we are the leading designer and manufacturer
of such pigs.

Advantages
TDW Offshores pipeline pigs are often piggability-tested before installation to ensure the
intended results. The following advantages are some of the benefits to our customers:

Allows the operator flexibility in new pipeline construction, including pigging systems for reduced bores,

multi-diameter steps, varying valve bores and other non-full-bore line equipment.

Increased pipeline flow rates by removing wax and build-up in pipelines

(some that were thought to be unpiggable)

Dependable low pressure pipeline isolation with simple (non-intelligent) systems

The ability to monitor pipeline pressure during low-pressure isolation projects

Minimized risk, and elimination of the cost of recovering stuck pigs by testing the pig before

putting it into the pipeline

Reduced vessel, ROV and dive cost by providing the ability to track and locate pigs at a specific

location in a pipelin

Testing pigs using a transparent pipe section.

Engineered simulation of pigging in a check valve.

TDW Offshore employs a dedicated pig development team, and maintains a specialized workshop facility
to develop and test customized high performance pigs.
Many pigging requirements cannot be addressed by standard off the shelf pigs. Typical projects for
TDW Offshore include multiple challenges, including the following:

Multiple pipeline diameters

Restricted valve and pipeline equipment boring

High or low pipeline operating temperatures

Limitations in, or lack of, pipeline pig launching/receiving facilities

The need to transverse long wye pieces or unusual T-pieces

Major obstructions in the pipeline system caused by pipeline damage

Small radius pipeline bends

Stringent pig functionality requirements

Long distance pigging

Combinations of the above

Pipeline Pigging Applications


Batching, Separation and Dewatering
Batching and separation pigs can be used for dewatering, product displacement, product filling of pipelines and
batching of pipeline product. TDW Offshore has in-depth experience in designing and manufacturing batching
and separation pigs with high seal integrity.
Pipeline Cleaning and Wax Removal
Our multi-diameter pigs can be fitted with brushes, scraper blades, magnets, wax removal disks and/or pigging
disks suited for cleaning.
These pigs have numerous applications, for instance:

Debris removal, suitable for wet or dry pigging in the pipeline commissioning phase

Cleaning, wax removal and fluid removal to restore maximum pipeline performance

Cleaning during decommissioning of pipelines, often customized for use with chemicals and gels
Multi-Diameter Pipelines
TDW Offshore specializes in providing pipeline pigs that are designed to pass through multiple pipeline diameters.
In some cases these changes have been as severe as going from 10in to 16in in pipelines.
Subsea Wyes
Subsea wye pieces, when installed in dual-diameter lines, are difficult to pig due to the potential loss of
driving force. TDW Offshore has developed specialized pigs that are capable of pigging through wyes in
multi-diameter lines while performing multiple functions based on project requirements.

A TDW Offshore-designed test rig at customer premises.

Multi diameter pigs, 42-44 and 8-10.

J-Tube Pigs
In most cases J-tube pigs must be pulled through the J-tube instead of being pigged. TDW Offshore designs
J-tube pigs that are specifically constructed to handle the multiple impact forces associated with this type of
pigging application.
Pipeline Geometry Pigs
The SmartGauge system allows the gauging status of the pipeline to be communicated through the pipeline
wall. This reduces the scope of subsea intervention during pipeline commissioning. The pig receiver and gauge
pig no longer need to be recovered before hydrotest operations.
High Friction Pigs for Low Pressure Isolations
High friction pigs are designed to isolate pipelines at low differential pressures. These pigs are equipped with
TDW Offshores electromagnetic communication system to assist positioning and monitoring of pressures during
the isolation.
Pig Tracking
The SmartTrack system is TDW Offshores intelligent pipeline pig tracking system, available for all of our pigs.
This system allows pigs to be tracked onshore and offshore in both shallow and deep water. Each pig can be tracked
using its own unique ID, using our proprietary electromagnetic communication system.

24 standard batch pig.

12x16 dual diameter flooding pig.

16 pig to pass large pipeline dent.

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TDW Offshore Services Smart Pipeline Solutions


TDW Offshore is the worldwide leader in tetherless, through-wall remote-controlled pipeline pressure isolation
services. We minimise your pipeline downtime through fast-track delivery of project-specific pigging, repair and
handling tools, both onshore and offshore.
TDW Offshore has a large in-house engineering department, allowing TDW Offshore to meet customer needs.
TDW Offshore is certified to ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management System.
TDW Offshore Services is a subsidiary of T.D. Williamson, Inc. (TDW). TDW, the worlds most recognized
name in pipeline equipment and services, delivers safe integrity solutions for onshore and offshore applications.
TDWs experts provide hot tapping and plugging, pipeline cleaning, geometry and MFL inspection, pigging
and non-tethered plugging pig technology services for any pressurized pipeline system, anywhere in the world.
TDW Offshore offers a broad range of products and services, such as:

Pipeline Pressure Isolations


Pipeline Pigging
Pipeline Flood Prevention
Pipeline Construction
Pipeline Repair

For sales information:

TDW Offshore Services


www.tdwoffshore.com
Tdw Offshore Services AS
Fabrikkveien 15,
P.O.Box 8011
N-4068 Stavanger, Norway
Phone: +47 51 44 32 40
Fax: +47 51 44 32 41

Tdw Offshore Services, L.L.C.


4220 World Houston Parkway, Suite 100
Houston, TX 77032 ,USA
Phone: +1 832 448 7200
Fax: +1 832 448 7240

T.d. Williamson
Asia Pacific Pte Ltd
4 Tech Park Cescent, 3rd Floor
Singapore 638128
Phone: +65 6364 8520
Fax: +65 6364 8521

Tdw Offshore Services


c/o GASOS
P.O. Box 203, 13th Floot,
Bin Homoodah Building,
Sh. Khalifa Street
Abu Dhabi, UAE
Phone: +971 50 6155146

www.tdwoffshore.com

SmartTrack System
The SmartTrack system revolutionizes pig tracking by utilizing
two-way (bi-directional), through-wall, electromagnetic communication
between the transponder and receiver. Its accuracy and reliability,
combined with its ability to remotely activate and deactivate the
transponder make it the most flexible system on the market.

Advantages










Each pig is given a unique ID, so that the location of each pig in a multiple pig train can be identified
Eliminates the need to use radioactive isotopes for offshore pig tracking and locating
The system tracks pigs subsea, topside, and in pipelines buried onshore
High positioning accuracy
Monitors multiple pig tracking locations without the need to move subsea tracking systems or vessels
Wireless communication between the subsea receiver and the platform or vessels
Signal strength, transponder speed, and ID can be changed while the transponder is in the pipeline
Reduces vessel, ROV and dive time
The SmartTrack system can be put into dormant mode while inside the pipeline to extend
the transponder battery lifetime
Detects and identifies pigs at a distance of up to 10 meters (30 ft) from the receiver

The SmartTrack transponders are available for pig body sizes from 6 and above.
They are designed for pipeline pressures up to 300 bar (4350 PSI).

SmartTrack Transponders
The TDW Offshores SmartTrack transponders have two different operating modes (active and dormant).
In active mode the transponder sends an electromagnetic signal that can be tracked. In dormant mode it saves
batteries by only listening for commands from an outside transceiver.
Pigs with transponders can be loaded into launchers in dormant mode and activated at a later date.
If an operation is interrupted or delayed, the transponders can be put into dormant mode until needed.
The output power of the SmartTrack transponder is adjustable at any time to optimize battery lifetime, pigging
speed, burial depths and positioning accuracy. The same transponder can be adjusted for long life for thin walled
lines or high power for deeply buried and heavy wall pipelines.
The SmartTrack transponder sends out a unique identification code to enable the simultaneous tracking
and locating of multiple pigs.
SmartTrack Remote Transceiver
The SmartTrack remote transceiver is used in combination with the PC to locate, track and identify pigs inside
pipelines both topside and onshore. Using the PC the topside transceiver can activate, deactivate or adjust any
operational parameters of the SmartTrack remote transceiver.
The SmartTrack transceiver can be placed on, or strapped to the pipeline, mounted on an ROV or held in
an ROV arm. Communication takes place through cable or ROV umbilical.
SmartTrack Subsea Communications Unit
The SmartTrack subsea communications unit is used in offshore applications where it is logistically impossible to
use the cabled remote transceiver. The primary application for this system is in wireless offshore pig tracking projects
that otherwise require the vessel to be moved or vessels to be added.
The subsea communications unit uses a bi-directional acoustic modem that is fixed to the antenna housing.
A second acoustic modem is connected to a standard laptop at the surface.

The SmartTrack remote transceiver.

The typical communication range for the subsea communication unit


is 2 km (1.2 M/6560 ft)

The diver-held receiver functions at water depths up to 300 meters (980 ft).

SmartTrack Diver-Held Receiver


The diver-held receiver enables the diver to locate, track and identify pigs. The diver-held receiver is a receiver only
and cannot be used to transmit signals to the transponder. Although the diver-held receiver is primarily designed for
subsea use, it can also be used topside or on land.
It has a high intensity LED display that shows the SmartTrack transponder ID code, transponder signal strength,
and the number of pigs/transponders that have passed and been identified. The system can be used in combination
with an ROV camera.
SmartTrack Topside Transceiver
The SmartTrack topside transceiver is used in combination with the SmartTrack PDA to locate, track and identify
pigs inside pipelines both topside and onshore. Using the PDA, the topside transceiver can activate, deactivate or
adjust any operational parameters of the SmartTrack transponder.
The SmartTrack topside transceiver communicates wirelessly with the SmartTrack PDA using Bluetooth technology.
The light weight and small size of the topside transceiver make it perfect for applications where you need to move freely,
and it comes with a shoulder strap to make it easy to carry.
SmartTrack PDA
TDW Offshore offers an industrial grade EEx Rated PDA preloaded with our SmartTrack software.
The SmartTrack PDA is used for monitoring pig ID and pig location. All SmartTrack transponder functions
such as ID code, power output, on/off etc., can be set and modified through the use of the PDA in combination
with the topside transceiver.
All received data is logged and saved for later analysis or downloading to another system through Bluetooth
communication or by cable. The data can be interpreted by playing back the log file in the SmartTrack
software on the PDA or on a PC.

The topside transceiver only weighs 2,7 kg (6 lb). It communicates


via Bluetooth to the PDA at a distance up to 10 m (30 ft).

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TDW Offshore Services Smart Pipeline Solutions


TDW Offshore is the worldwide leader in tetherless, through-wall remote-controlled pipeline pressure isolation
services. We minimise your pipeline downtime through fast-track delivery of project-specific pigging, repair and
handling tools, both onshore and offshore.
TDW Offshore has a large in-house engineering department, allowing TDW Offshore to meet customer needs.
TDW Offshore is certified to ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management System.
TDW Offshore Services is a subsidiary of T.D. Williamson, Inc. (TDW). TDW, the worlds most recognized
name in pipeline equipment and services, delivers safe integrity solutions for onshore and offshore applications.
TDWs experts provide hot tapping and plugging, pipeline cleaning, geometry and MFL inspection, pigging
and non-tethered plugging pig technology services for any pressurized pipeline system, anywhere in the world.
TDW Offshore offers a broad range of products and services, such as:

Pipeline Pressure Isolations


Pipeline Pigging
Pipeline Flood Prevention
Pipeline Construction
Pipeline Repair

For sales information:

TDW Offshore Services


www.tdwoffshore.com
Tdw Offshore Services AS
Fabrikkveien 15,
P.O.Box 8011
N-4068 Stavanger, Norway
Phone: +47 51 44 32 40
Fax: +47 51 44 32 41

Tdw Offshore Services, L.L.C.


4220 World Houston Parkway, Suite 100
Houston, TX 77032 ,USA
Phone: +1 832 448 7200
Fax: +1 832 448 7240

T.d. Williamson
Asia Pacific Pte Ltd
4 Tech Park Cescent, 3rd Floor
Singapore 638128
Phone: +65 6364 8520
Fax: +65 6364 8521

Tdw Offshore Services


c/o GASOS
P.O. Box 203, 13th Floot,
Bin Homoodah Building,
Sh. Khalifa Street
Abu Dhabi, UAE
Phone: +971 50 6155146

Underwater
Hot Tapping & Plugging

The Choi
Hot Ta

With over 50 years experience in pipeline engineering, TDW Services, Inc.,


is the leading international company for underwater operations. TDW Services
package of operations utilises the very latest in the companys pioneering
pipeline hot tapping and plugging technology to provide a complete solution to
routine pipeline maintenance and emergency repairs.
TDW Services underwater
applications include:
Valve installations
Valve change-outs
Replacement of
pipe sections
Tying in new pipelines
Relocation of lines
Recovery of products
from sunken vessels
General maintenance
TDWs unique STOPPLE
Plugging and bypass line
technique ensures all
these operations can be
carried out without disruptive interruptions in
the pipeline flow.

TDWs innovative technology


is equally applicable on natural
gas and oil pipelines. TDW Services
has been at the forefront, taking
these pioneering techniques offshore.
Major oil and gas production companies have used TDW Services across
the world, from the heat of the Gulf
Coast to the cold waters of the North
Sea. Operations have been successfully
performed in waters to depths of over
600 feet (150m), on pipelines from 2
inches (50mm) to 36 inches (900mm)
in diameter, and operating at pressures
up to 2,200 psi (150 bar). The work has
ranged from simple taps, to intricate
two-position plugging with
the installation of a bypass pipe.
All the TDW equipment used in the
installations have been precision engineered by the companys factories in
Europe and the U.S. Each component
has been designed for ease of operation and flexibility. TDW Services will
design and professionally manage the
complete undersea repair process,
working with the customers own diving
teams to tailor a cost-effective and
efficient solution. The service is
backed up with TDW Services technicians and engineers on hand

to quickly resolve any difficulties


encountered.
TDW has developed a range of
specialised underwater equipment
to ensure reliable operation. TDW
equipment remains fully functional with
the use of underwater power units and
pressure-balanced tapping equipment.

TDW equipment and installations


are designed, engineered and tested to exacting international maritime standards.
The TDW Services package is based
on years of experience and an
in-depth knowledge of the oil and
gas supply industry. All installations
are designed, supervised and
tested to exacting international
maritime standards to ensure
years of trouble-free operation.

ISO Certified 9002

ce for Underwater
pping & Plugging
The STOPPLE plugging

technique, developed
by TDW in the 1950s,
enables TDW Services
engineers to design
innovative solutions to
individual situations.
On a typical STOPPLE
Plugging Installation, for
example, TDW-engineered

LOCK-O-RING
Flanged STOPPLE
Fittings are attached to the pipeline
at each end of the section to be
replaced. To allow the continued use
of the pipeline, a bypass pipe can be
fitted. To enable this, spools are bolted

TDWs hot tapping and plugging process


allows for the cost-effective, rapid and
reliable repair or replacement of pipeline,
without interruption in the oil or gas flow.

onto the fittings, and then


SANDWICH Valves are fitted. Taps can
then be safely made into the pipeline.
Once both taps are made, STOPPLE
Plugging Machines are installed on
top of the SANDWICH Valves. The plugging heads are lowered into position
with hydraulic power, to completely
seal the existing pipeline. The product
continues to flow through the bypass
pipeline.

TDW Services can tailor the


STOPPLE technique to meet a
wide variety of installations.
Product in the sealed section of pipe is

pumped to a surface holding


tank. The damaged section of
pipeline can then be cut out and
a new section tied into place.
The STOPPLE Plugging Heads
are retracted, and product flow
is fully restored to the repaired
main line.
The STOPPLE Plugging Machines
and bypass line are removed and
LOCK-O-RING Plugs installed
inside the fitting flanges, using
a tapping machine. The tapping
valves are recovered and blind
flanges installed, completing
the job.

STOPPLE
Plugging
Machine
Trapping Machine

New Pipe
Section
Damaged Section Replaced

Damaged Section

SANDWICH
Valve

LOCK-O-RING
STOPPLE Fitting

Bypass
Spool

LOCK-O-RING
STOPPLE Fitting
Rigid or Flexible
Bypass

LOCK-O-RING Flanged STOPPLE fittings are fitted either


side of the damage.

SANDWICH Valves are


fitted and taps made
in the line.

The STOPPLE Plugging


Machine seals the line,
diverts the product, and allows
the damage to be repaired.

The equipment is removed


and blind flanges installed,
completing the job.

TDW - Technology into Practice

High-Pressure Hot Tapping

Deep Sea Installation

TDW uses the latest technology to


work at depths down to 1,500 feet
(450m) and pressures of 2,200 psi
(150 bar). TDW Hot Tapping and
STOPPLE Plugging Machines are
manufactured and tested to work
efficiently under extreme conditions.
Research is constantly ongoing to
increase depths and pressures.
Consult your TDW Service Centre for
your special requirements.

The long list of TDW Services' pioneering pipeline maintenance work includes
working at a depth of 120 feet (35m)
beneath the Adriatic Sea to install
hot taps on crude oil and natural gas
pipelines operating at 1,440 psi
(100 bar). Using TDW's clamp-on fittings,
a number of hot taps were carried out
on pipelines between 6 inches (150mm)
and 16 inches (400mm) in diameter.

In the Gulf of Mexico, diving contractors successfully hot tapped


a 10-inch (250mm) crude oil pipeline, installing an 8-inch (200m) tap,
at a depth of 630 feet (200m).
Large hot taps, on pipes of up to
36 inches (900mm), have been
undertaken in the North Sea.

Registered Trademark of T.D. Williamson, Inc. in the United States and in foreign countries.

TDW tapping and plugging


equipment is available to work
on a wide range of pipelines
and in a variety of different
applications. Hot tapping
equipment is available as
standard for work on lines
from 1/4 inch (8 mm) to
60 inches (1,500 mm) and at
pressures of up to 1,440 psi
( 100 bar). STOPPLE Plugging
Machines have been engineered for lines between 1 1/4 inches
(32 mm) and 56 inches (1400
mm), at pressures of up to
1,000 psi (70 bar).

Hot Tapping Standard Equipment


Pipeline sizes

Max. operating pressure

mm

psi

bar

1/4 36

8 900

1440

100

-20 100

-29 - 38

1/4 36

8 900

700

48

700

371

30 60

750 1500

1200

83

-20 200

-29 - 93

STOPPLE Plugging Machine Standard Equipment


Pipeline sizes

TDW - A History of Service


T.D. Williamson, Inc. was established in 1920 and has been responsible for many breakthroughs in the
field of pipeline technology. In the
1950s, the company launched
its range of pioneering hot tapping
and STOPPLE Plugging Machines.
This paved the way for the historic
underwater tap at 130 feet (40m) in
the Gulf of Mexico, followed by the
first underwater STOPPLE Plugging

TDW Service, Inc.


P.O. Box 2217
Tulsa, Oklahoma USA 74101-2217
USA Toll Free: 1-800-828-1988
Telephone: (918) 447-5100
Fax: (918) 446-0398

Max. operating
temperature range

Inches

Max. operating pressure

Max. operating
temperature range

Inches

mm

psi

bar

4 56

100 1544

1400

70

-20 180

-29 82

The versatile TDW Hot Tapping and


STOPPLE Plugging Machines can be
used for a wide range of additional piping solutions, including changing the
direction of an existing pipeline,
or the introduction of new pipelines,

ISO Certified 9002

TM Trademark of T.D. Williamson, Inc. in the United States and in foreign countries.

job in the Louisiana Gulf in the


1970s. The first sub-sea hot tap was
performed in 1963. TDW Services,
Inc., was established in 1969.

Research and Development


The company has continued to
develop and improve its range of
equipment, introducing technology
that has revolutionised safe pipeline repairs under extreme conditions in the North Sea.

without interruption to the main line.


TDW Services specialised engineers can
adapt or tailor the STOPPLE technique
to meet a wide variety of individual
installations.

Meeting Customer Demands


TDW invests heavily in the
research and development of
pipeline technology and pipeline
services. The company has grown
into a worldwide business, with
Service Centres across Europe, the
Americas (North, Latin and South),
Singapore and Australia, ensuring
it meets the appropriate demands
of its local customers.

T. D. Williamson SA.
6, rue du Travail
B-1400-Nivelles BELGIUM

T.D. Williamson (UK) Ltd.


Faraday Road, Dorcan Way
Swindon, Wiltshire ENGLAND SN3 5HF

Telephone: (32) 67/28.36.11


Fax: (32) 67/28.36.01

Telephone: (44) 1-793/603600


Fax: (44) 1-793/603601

www.tdwilliamson.com / email: info@tdwilliamson.com

Pub: 70-221-0500