TechnipFMC has filed a patent for a method of laying a pipeline on a seafloor and protecting it from potential harm. The method involves bringing the pipeline to an offshore location using a vessel, laying it on the seafloor, and defining a first zone surrounding an uncovered part of the pipeline. A second zone is defined, and vessels approaching the first zone are monitored. If a vessel is considered to be able to cause harm to the pipeline, it is informed about the first zone and requested not to enter. The pipeline is also protected with a physical barrier in a second part length. GlobalData’s report on TechnipFMC gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.
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Method of laying a pipeline on a seafloor and protecting it
A recently filed patent (Publication Number: US20230313910A1) describes a method for laying a pipeline on the seafloor and protecting it with multiple layers of protection. The method involves bringing the pipeline to an offshore location using a vessel and then laying it on the seafloor.
Once the pipeline is laid, a first zone is defined around a part of the pipeline that remains uncovered. This first zone is then surrounded by a second zone. The second part of the pipeline, within the second zone, is covered with a physical protection barrier, which in this case is rocks.
To ensure the safety of the pipeline, activities in the second zone are monitored using satellites and other tools. Vessels approaching the first zone are detected and analyzed to determine if they pose a risk to the uncovered part of the pipeline. For vessels considered to be a potential threat, they are informed about the first zone and requested not to enter it.
The patent also mentions that the method can be applied to different types of pipelines, including fluid pipelines, cables, and combinations of fluid pipelines and cables. The second part of the pipeline can be laid near offshore installations, close to the shore, or between offshore installations.
Overall, this patent proposes a method for laying pipelines on the seafloor and protecting them with multiple layers of protection. By monitoring vessel activities and informing potential threats, the method aims to prevent damage to the pipeline and ensure its safe operation.