Flowline bundle system consisting of carrier pipe, sleeve pipe and internal flowlines offers smart solution for the infield transportation of oil and gas. Due to its features, flowline bundle offers a couple of advantages over conventional flowline in particular for cases where multi-flowlines and high thermal performance are of great interests. The main benefits and advantages of such system include excellent thermal performance to prevent wax formation and hydrates, multiple bundled flowlines, mechanical and corrosion protection, potential reuse, fabricated onshore, as well as towing installation without the requirement of professional pipelay vessel etc. Flowline bundle system can be a smart solution for certain applications, which can be safe and cost effective solution.
The objective of this paper is to present the feasibility study of flowline bundle concept for the JZ 9-3 West Development project in Bohai Bay, Offshore China. This study covers engineering design, fabrication, and offshore towing installation. Design and installation results have been presented and the feasibility of flowline bundle concept has been fully demonstrated for the JZ 9-3 West field development.