Research Categories / Pipelines

Remote Visual Inspection Joint Industry Project

The United Kingdom, Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is conducting research in a Joint Industry Project (JIP) aimed at providing a stronger understanding of both the benefits and limitations of RVIs and develop a set of best practices when conducting these types of inspections. The JIP will:

  1. Assess current technologies and practices
  2. Conduct RVI trials for probability and detection
  3. Determine the human factors and competence assessment
  4. Develop a good practice guide and methodology for demonstrating competence for RVI 

Arctic Pipeline Standards Comprehensive Review

Provide the BSEE Alaska Region with a comprehensive review and gap analysis of current United States (U.S.), State of Alaska and
international regulations, standards, and related specifications and technical reports for offshore hydrocarbon carrying pipelines in
Arctic conditions incorporating the new Federal Arctic Rule and including, but not limited to, American Petroleum Institute (API)
documents. Report on the state of the art and emerging technology of offshore hydrocarbon carrying pipelines in Arctic conditions

Determination of Fracture/Fatigue-Fracture Behavior of Equipment Constructed with Cladded Weld Materials

This project will define a general approach to, and advance development of, a useful predictive computer-modeling tool for analyzing failure modes of cladded materials used in oil and gas operations. It will develop and validate a constitutive model to define fatigue and fracture behavior of cladded pipe under deep-water conditions. The failure prediction tool will predict fatigue and fracture performance of cladded weld materials in equipment used in high pressure (15 ksi) and high temperature (>350℉) (HPHT), corrosive environment (H2S, Cl, S and CO2).

Decommissioning Methodology and Cost Evaluation for Alaska OCS Region Offshore Oil and Gas Gravel Island Facilities

The objective of the study is to provide the BSEE Alaska Region with research and cost estimating regarding decommissioning a typical arctic, gravel island-based, oil and gas exploration/production facility. The study will consider standard industry practice, available technology, current regulations, and market conditions.

TAP-695-Slug Loading and Response in Pipeline (SLARP) JIP

The overall description of the proposed research is to investigate and conclude current state of industry practice and technology gaps with respect to evaluating slugging effects on pipeline, spools and riser, to investigate alternative methodologies analysis methods for defining slug and turbulence loading and assessing structural response in pipeline and spool and riser, to develop best practices guideline for modeling and analysis of slug and turbulence loading and response of pipeline, spool and risers.

TAP-700-Seabed Scour and Buried-Pipeline Deformation Due to Ice Ridges: Pipeline Stress and Deformation

This research will make use of results obtained during an earlier study that was focused on seabed scour due to ice ridges. Of interest in this project are the states of stress and deformation in pipelines buried in soil scoured by moving ice ridges. Specifically, acomputational tool customized for the analysis of the complete ridge-soil-pipeline system will be developed and applied to a parametric study of pipeline deformation due to seabed scour by ice ridges.
This investigation will increase our confidence in pipeline design in pristine settings where failure is intolerable.

TAP-620-Collection and Archival of Environmental Data Relevant to Design of Arctic Structures

The primary objectives of this project are to (1) consider the full suite of environmental data (meteorological and oceanographic) and structural performance data that could be collected during exploration and production operations off the coast of Alaska, and review each type of measurement in terms of its potential value to the design of future offshore infrastructure; and (2) assess alternatives and develop a recommendation for how MMS should go about collecting, archiving and processing this data.

The project will be accomplished via the following tasks:

TAP-623-Evaluation of High Integrity Pressure Protection System (HIPPS)

The objective of this study was to provide guidance for a testing framework that would not compromise the reliability and safety of future HIPPS installations in the Gulf of Mexico. The study provided guidance on the allowable (if any) leakage rates and developed recommendations on HIPPS test configurations that would mitigate concerns over practical limitations to testing.