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    Stolt achieves high lay rate on Williams East Breaks project

    Projects and Operations // September 21, 2001
    Crediting the project team, crew dedication and new pipelay technology for the Gulf of Mexico, Stolt Offshore project manager William Dick has revealed details of the high lay-rate achieved on the Williams East Breaks large-diameter pipelay project in the Gulf of Mexico.

    The shelf pipeline will gather gas production from the Boomvang/Nansen spars.

    According to Dick, DLB 801 achieved its highest lay rate of 327 joints in a single day on 24in diameter pipe with 0.562in wall thickness.

    The DLB 801 - which recently mobilised to the Gulf from West Africa - began the pipelay project in late May, and quickly ramped up to more than 250 joints per day using Stolt's Saturnax automatic welding system - a new technology for the Gulf of Mexico.

    For much of the vessel's work from mid-June through July, the DLB 801 maintained a steady lay rate of 260 to 300 joints per day, says Dick.

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