Hot Tapping is a technique for connecting a branch line to a main pipeline without disruption of the normal pipeline service and offers a cost effective means for the tie-in of smaller or marginal fields and gas gathering systems.
The main benefits are realised in three areas ie;
Lower construction costs through the ability to lay a short line to the nearest suitable trunkline for direct connection.
Reduced cost of tie-in resulting from the entire operation being undertaken without disruption of the normal operation of the trunkline.
Improved utilisation of existing pipeline systems.
The final phase of a programme of work to develop the technique for high capacity, deepwater trunk gas and oil lines is scheduled for completion by the end of 1989.