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Stones Development Project

Stones Development Project

For the new frontier in oil and gas deep water, only proven protection would do.

Located in the lower tertiary geologic trend of the Gulf of Mexico, Stones, an ultra-deepwater oil and gas development owned and operated by a major IOC, is set to host the deepest production facility in the world at water depths of 9,500 feet. This new frontier in offshore oil and gas development represents major upside potential for the IOC—with company estimates of two billion barrels of oil equivalent in place. In order to fully maximize pipeline flow efficiency and asset protection at the onset of production, the IOC needed reliable solutions that could stand up to the project’s unforgiving deepwater conditions—and that’s where we stepped in.

To ensure superior adhesion and resistance to cathodic disbondment, Shawcor coated 117,500 feet of 8.625" x 0.812" pipeline with our external fusion bonded epoxy (FBE) and three-layer polypropylene (3LPP) anti-corrosion coatings. For the 42,000 feet of 8.625" x 1.394" pipeline, our external 5LPP thermal insulation coating was chosen for its proven track record of reliable thermal performance at ultra-deepwater offshore developments—even at high-temperature operating services. Despite the most stringent reeling installation conditions, all coatings were installed successfully.

We also performed internal blasting and pipe end dimensioning to ensure the IOC’s first FPSO in the GoM—and first commercial production with Perdido—remains protected for the entirety of the operation.