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    Solitaire incurs damage during pipelay operation

    News // September 18, 2008

    The Irish Times says Shell has hinted it may call off pipelaying operations off the Co Mayo coast for the winter after the pipelay vessel carrying out the work was damaged.

    Shell issued a statement yesterday confirming that work on laying the Corrib offshore gas pipeline had been suspended following “technical issues” on the vessel, Solitaire.

    The Irish Times said a section of Solitaire’s pipe-laying equipment - known as the stinger - became detached.

    The 100m section was retrieved from the water but will have to be re-attached before the vessel can begin pipe-laying again.

    It is reported that the repair work will need to be carried out in Rotterdam, which may take a few months.


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