ABS To Develop Design Criteria For Subsea Pipelines

January 2015, Vol. 242, No. 1

ABS was awarded a contract from South Korean shipyard Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) to develop subsea pipeline design criteria and associated training materials.

The criteria will include guidelines for global buckling and stability analyzes supplemental to the ABS Guide for Building and Classing Subsea Pipeline Systems and applicable industry and site condition standards.

As a significant number of deepwater and ultra-deepwater subsea fields come online within the next decade, offshore pipeline infrastructure will need to be expanded safely to transport additional production volumes to shore.

One potential hazard to designing subsea pipelines is buckling, which can compromise structural integrity due to loss of in-place stability and potential development of excessive bending. ABS will analyze this and other potential subsea pipeline design issues to support development of transportation infrastructure as well as subsea processing systems.

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