Tracerco Shell deployment in Gulf of Mexico
Discovery™ has successfully completed the first deep-water deployment on Shell-operated flowlines in the Gulf of Mexico.
Discovery™ was developed by Tracerco, part of the FTSE100 Johnson Matthey Plc, in response to an industry need for a non-invasive method of scanning subsea flowlines. The technology is used to establish the integrity of subsea pipeline assets.
In total, Discovery™ scanned ten flowlines including jumpers, steel catenary risers, and pipe in pipe flowlines all of varying diameters. Over 250 CT scan images over a pipeline length of 50,000 feet, at depths down to 4,200 feet, were generated. In the Gulf of Mexico, based on such data, Shell was able to build a complete profile of their pipeline, which helped to confirm the condition of the asset.
Shell undertook a comprehensive technology review to select an inspection solution to support safe, efficient, and competitive operations.