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.

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