Contributing to project success with ingenious solutions

BY harnessing the chain reaction of new ideas, 3M Company creates game-changing technologies and products for the oil and gas industry.
Every day, 3M works with its customers to develop practical and ingenious solutions to their problems; ExxonMobil’s Kipper Turrum Tuna project is one such example. 3M partnered with ExxonMobil, McDermott Industries (Australia) – the fabrication and offshore installation contractor – and Offshore Joint Services to provide a total solution for the new Marlin B subsea pipeline. This included the provision of coating products and application equipment supplied in offshore Det Norske Veritas standard packaging, product qualification support, onshore coating application training, offshore commissioning support and the supply of occupational health and safety training and products.
The Marlin B pipeline is coated with a 3M Scotchkote fusion bonded epoxy primary layer and a concrete weight coating. The pipeline comprises pipe diameters ranging from 14 inches to 18in, and required a total of 8200 joints to be welded and coated with a specialist corrosion protection coating as the pipeline was laid on the seabed, 45km offshore the Victorian coast.
McDermott Industries required a field joint coating technology that was suitable for offshore application: fast curing and easy to apply. Following trials, the chosen solution was 3M Scotchkote Liquid Epoxy 323i, applied using the 3M Scotchkote Handheld Spray System HSS-450.
“Scotchkote 323i has excellent adhesion, is tough, durable, and field-proven with 10 years of global application history,” 3M stated.
“The Scotchkote HSS-450 is a unique application system which enables efficient and productive application, and results in minimal product waste.”
The company’s reusable respirators and powered and supplied air respirators were used to provide clean breathable air and to protect workers from hazardous contaminants while they were coating, welding or doing metal working.
3M stated these products offered high levels of comfort and ease of use that could deliver improved productivity in the workplace.
“In order to provide optimum comfort, trusted protection and ultimate performance for the welders, 3M Speedglas premium welding helmets with exclusive auto-darkening welding lenses technology were provided for welders to protect them while working on the pipelay barge.”
The diversified global technology company offers a comprehensive coating system solution for onshore and offshore pipeline projects.
With more than 50 years of experience in pipe coating technologies, 3M can provide products and services spanning coating specification, quality management, pre-qualification trials, coating assessment and coating application services. Today, nearly 10,000 of the company’s products and materials are used in every corner of the industry form exploration, production and refining to transportation and marketing. 3M is one of 30 companies that make up the Dow Jones Industrial average, with worldwide sales of $26 billion. 3M, Scotchkote and Speedglas are trademarks of 3M Company.

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