J P Kenny To Design Deepwater Pipeline

April 2011 Vol. 238 No. 4

Wood Group’s J P Kenny was awarded a contract to perform detailed design for Amberjack Pipeline Company LLC’s Jack/St. Malo deepwater oil export pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico.

Amberjack Pipeline Company LLC is a joint venture between Chevron Pipe Line Company and Shell Pipeline Company LP. Chevron Pipe Line will build and operate the pipeline for Amberjack. The one-year contract follows J P Kenny’s completion of the front-end engineering and design for the project.

The 136-mile, 24-inch pipeline will originate in water depths of 2,100 meters. The pipeline will originate at Chevron U.S.A. Inc.’s-operated Jack/St. Malo hub production facility in Walker Ridge Block 718, 280 miles south of New Orleans, and connect to the Shell Boxer “A” fixed platform at Green Canyon Block 19.

J P Kenney officials say the design must allow for technical challenges that include routing of the pipeline to minimize spans, design for pre- and post-installation vortex-induced vibration and stress spans, collapse testing of the pipe to verify wall thickness design, and installation of inline valves and sleds.

J P Kenny’s sister companies, MCS Kenny, MSi Kenny and Wood Group Integrity Management (WGIM), will support the project, providing subsea span analysis, flow assurance and materials engineering, respectively.