UK Military Onshore and Offshore Pipeline Systems - Past, Present and Future Challenges
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The basis of the presentation will focus on UK Military Pipeline Systems, the first 5 minutes will explain the history and importance of the pipelines within the Military Environment detailing both the common rapid jointing method of surface pipelines, the WW2 Pipeline Under The Ocean (PLUTO), surface laid overland pipelines in particular the Kingham Pipeline Over the Desert (PLOD) in Iraq and also the buried pipeline in Shaibah logistic base connecting bulk storage refined goods to retail storage. The middle 10 minutes will focus on current capabilities and methods used for both subsea pipelines and also the two types of overland pipelines focusing on the deployment, laying, obstacle crossing, method of use and also the recovery. I will also discuss the use, deployment and connection onto the 40 tonne Terminal Mooring buoy commonly called the ‘Single Point Mooring’. I will also present on the integration of the German High Pressure Pumping and Pipeline systems (100 Bar) and how they integrate into the lower pressure system of the UK (10 Bar). I will also cover contingency planning and construction of rapid build pipelines in support of permanent infrastructure. The last 5 minutes will focus on the way ahead, new requirements and developments, systems, pressures, deployablilty and multiple use pipelines that can be used both offshore / subsea and then be re-used for use to support overland pipeline systems. I attended the PTC this year and really enjoyed it, I thought that this may be a good subject as more and more the civilian industry and technology is called upon to support the Military both in supply but also in design and innovative solutions.