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Taper-Lok UK

Tel: 0181 770 1100


Fax: 0181 770 1205

Taper-Lok Scotland
Tel: 01224 622284
Fax: 01224 626866


Taper-Lok has an outstanding record of offshore and
subsea applications. This data sheet details some of
our vast references.



BP ETAP, Taper-Lok flanges
used to connect all risers
throughout the cellar deck
area
Phillips Edda Project, super-
compact Taper-Lok flanges
installed within riser tube



Phillips Alpha Oilfield multi-
bore Taper-Lok block with
integral female flanges
Phillips Ekofisk II - 36 134
Bar Taper-Lok swivel flange
fitted to Emden Gas SSIV


24 418 bar swivel and weldneck
flanges in A694 F65 material for
Phillips Eldfisk Water Injection

Pressure testing of
10 900 Swivel x 10
Misalignment Flange



12 5,000 Taper-Lok for
Maersk DAN Risers
Phillips R Block Manifold
2 - 8 Connectors



Reasons for using Taper-Lok:

100% leak free sealing, backed up by over 350
million hours of documented service history
Approved by the UK Health & Safety Executive for
installation on the cellar deck area of risers
2 axial misalignment from standard connectors
makes assembly time of manifolds, risers and
spools shorter - saves money - reduces diver time
Connectors are designed to use standard Sea
Serpent bolt tensioners and very low pre-stresses
- saves money compared to the special
tensioners and high stresses for other compact
flanges.
Compact design reduces space and saves weight
on manifolds and SSIV/ESDV assemblies.
Seal ring retention systems allow the gasket to be
pre-installed into one side of the flange before
deployment.
Flanges designed for external loads, dynamic and
fatigue loads, anchor snag, subsidence, etc.
10 misalignment flanges available
Modifications for external/annulus pressure testing
available
DNV Type Approved and fully fire tested to the
requirements of API 6FB Part II



A full size 16 demonstration
rig is available for training
divers and installation
personnel

If you would like further information on Taper-Lok or
our other pipeline connectors, please contact
Welding Units:









Welding
Units
Manufacturer of flanges
OFFSHORE AND SUBSEA
TAPER-LOK APPLICATIONS


Welding Units (UK) Ltd.
Mill Lane
Rainford
Merseyside WA11 8LR

Tel: 01744 884881
Fax: 01744 883302
sales@w-units.demon.co.uk
www.welding-units.co.uk
Taper-Lok UK
Tel: 0181 770 1100
Fax: 0181 770 1205

Taper-Lok Scotland
Tel: 01224 622284
Fax: 01224 626866



Taper-Lok Connectors recently set a
new precedent in the procedures for
offshore hook-up of risers, saving the
ETAP Alliance over 13,500 offshore
man hours and approximately 5.0
million.

Taper-Lok Connectors were used to connect the
risers pre-installed into the jacket to the cellar
deck areas of the production platform. The use of
Taper-Lok eliminated the need for offshore
welding creating these tremendous savings.

ETAP



During the early stages of the ETAP platform
design, a potential cost saving was identified by
flanging the riser connections. Until now BP
projects had always used offshore welding to
connect the risers, a process that would be made
simpler and cheaper by flanging.

ETAPs use of Taper-Lok was given approval by
the Health and Safety Executive after proving
350,000,000 hours of leak free service and on the
condition that the connector was proven by a fire
test. Taper-Lok was the only mechanical
connector found to be acceptable by the HSE.



Taper-Lok connection undergoing the fire test






16 1500 Taper-Lok Riser Flange & Test Blind

No less than 19 different riser sizes were installed.
The largest diameters were 24 1500 and the
highest pressure 14 10,000. Materials of
construction included A694 F65, Duplex, Super
Duplex and F65 clad.

Each riser had to be analysed for static external
load capabilities and also for dynamic fatigue
loads over a 60-year design life. The Taper-Lok
connection was extremely well suited to
accommodating these conditions.


Risers awaiting hook-up Pre-installed jacket

If you would like further information on Taper-Lok
or our other pipeline connectors, please contact
Welding Units:









Welding
Units
Manufacturer of flanges
Taper-Lok
Riser Hook-up



Welding Units (UK) Ltd.
Mill Lane
Rainford
Merseyside WA11 8LR

Tel: 01744 884881
Fax: 01744 883302
sales@w-units.demon.co.uk
www.welding-units.co.uk
Taper-Lok UK
Tel: 0181 770 1100
Fax: 0181 770 1205

Taper-Lok Scotland
Tel: 01224 622284
Fax: 01224 626866


Taper-Lok has an outstanding record of onshore and
topside applications. This data sheet details some of
our references.


Star Enterprises Shell & Tube
Heat Exchangers, 60 NB
2000 psi @ 475 F. Media:
Hydrogen Gas
Serpentine Super-Critical
Reactor for Decommissioning
of Chemical Weapons. Alloy
825 & Hastalloy G-30, 4200
psi @ 1150 F


3 Forged Elbows for
Tennessee Eastman. A182
F316 Stainless Steel. Pure
Hydrogen, 7,500 psi @ 650 F
Modar Inc Reactor Vessel.
3700 psi @ 1113 F,
manufactured from Alloy 800H



Kvaerner Membrane Systems,
Gas Separation at Wellhead.
1480 psi @ 175 F. Skids
used for separation of CO
2
&
Water.



Taper-Lok has been
extensively tested by the
Kennedy Space Centre for
use on the X-33 Evolved
Expendable Launch Vehicle
and the Space Shuttle. The
system will be used in new
rise off umbilicals. Testing
was performed using both
liquid nitrogen and liquid
hydrogen.

Reasons for using Taper-Lok:

100% leak free sealing, backed up by over 350
million hours of documented service history. Used
on hydrogen, chemical and other super-critical
lines.
High resistance to cyclic, fatigue and vibration
loads. Used by Rolls Royce for extended testing of
jet engines.
The flanges and seal rings are made from the
same materials giving the same rate of thermal
expansion. This makes the connection particularly
suitable for high temperature service.
Compact design reduced space and saves weight
on large installations such as process skids and
heat exchangers also reduces cost.
2 axial misalignment makes assembly of heavy
wall and return bend systems less onerous.
Small diameter bolts with low torque requirements
makes assembly and installation far simpler.
DNV Type Approved and fully fire tested to the
requirements of API 6FB Part II.

If you would like further information on Taper-Lok or
our other pipeline connectors, please contact
Welding Units:









Welding
Units
Manufacturer of flanges
Onshore and Topside
Applications


Welding Units (UK) Ltd.
Mill Lane
Rainford
Merseyside WA11 8LR

Tel: 01744 884881
Fax: 01744 883302
sales@w-units.demon.co.uk
www.welding-units.co.uk
Taper-Lok UK
Tel: 0181 770 1100
Fax: 0181 770 1205

Taper-Lok Scotland
Tel: 01224 622284
Fax: 01224 626866



Welding Units as the European licensee for
Taper-Lok Connectors have been working with
Statoil to produce connectors optimised for
remote tie-in. It is possible to use machines such
as the Stolt Comex Seaway MATIS and the
Sonsub BRUTUS to make up bolted flange
connections sub-sea without divers.

Taper-Lok already has features that promote it
especially well to remote tie-in:

Capable of accepting 1 to 2 axial
misalignment and retaining full integrity. (The
flange remains misaligned there is no need
to pull the connector straight). 10
misalignment connectors also available.
Low residual bolt stresses typically half that
of ANSI & API flanges.
Area contact seal can be damaged and still
seal
The most proven track record of any compact
connector sub-sea.
Swivel flange uses ball bearing race making
remote rotation of the swivel outer particularly
easy.
Flanges lighter and smaller than equivalent
ANSI or API flanges
Designed to use standard Sea Serpent bolt
tensioners

We have also developed other features
specifically for remote tie-in:

Flanges can be designed to use a fewer
number of bolts reducing the cost and
complexity of the remote tooling. Bolt can be
spaced out to give a larger clearance for
tensioning tools.
Seal ring can be positively installed onto either
the male flange or female flange prior to
deployment. Seal ring is also re-usable.
Flanges can be designed to suit existing
tooling patterns.
Bolting patterns are interchangeable with a
range of nominal sizes.

Statoil Huldra/Heimdal Connectors


22 150 Bar
Taper-Lok
Female
Weldneck c/w
1600mm long x65
Pipe Pup.
Assembly to be
pre-installed onto
the riser.

22 150 Bar
Taper-Lok Swivel
Flanges c/w
700mm long x65
Pipe Pups.
To be welded
onto the pipeline.

Testing of Statoil Loke Dummy Spool


Tensioning of flange
assembly
Pressure test to 275
Bar

If you would like further information on Taper-Lok
or our other pipeline connectors, please contact
Welding Units:








Welding
Units
Manufacturer of flanges
Taper-lok
Remote Tie-In


Welding Units (UK) Ltd.
Mill Lane
Rainford
Merseyside WA11 8LR

Tel: 01744 884881
Fax: 01744 883302
sales@w-units.demon.co.uk
www.welding-units.co.uk