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Title:
LAUNCHING APPARATUS FOR INTRODUCING A PIG INTO A PIPE
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2015/159052
Kind Code:
A3
Abstract:
Launching apparatus (1) for introducing a pig into a pipe (15). The apparatus (1) has a chamber (9) for holding the pig. The chamber (9) has an opening permitting access to the chamber (9) from outside the launching apparatus (1). The launching apparatus (1) further has connection means (13) for connecting the launching apparatus (1) to an open end (5) of a pipe. The apparatus (1) is connectable to the pipe (15) such that the open end of the pipe (5) is accessible from the chamber (9) via the opening of the chamber so that a pig can be introduced into the pipe (15) from the chamber (9). The launching apparatus (1) may be used to launch a pig into a broken section of subsea pipeline so that the pipeline can be dewatered by the pig and recovered to a vessel.

Inventors:
PARRY, William David Loton (23 Station Way, Garstang, Preston Lancashire PR3 1DN, GB)
JACKSON, Jonathan Fletcher (27 Harwood Close, Stalmine, Poulton-Le-Fylde Lancashire, GB)
BARBU, Sorin Marius (Waitakere, 57 Te Henga Road, Auckland 0781, NZ)
Application Number:
GB2015/051101
Publication Date:
December 10, 2015
Filing Date:
April 10, 2015
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
BALLTEC LIMITED (United 2B, The GatewayWhite Lund Industrial Estate, Morecambe Lancashire LA3 3PB, GB)
International Classes:
F16L55/46; F16L1/16; F16L1/20
Foreign References:
US3751932A1973-08-14
US3842612A1974-10-22
GB2503688A2014-01-08
US20130111680A12013-05-09
GB2027157A1980-02-13
US4444528A1984-04-24
Other References:
"balltec makes worlds largest pipelok for wheatstone project", 28 March 2014 (2014-03-28), XP002743932, Retrieved from the Internet [retrieved on 20150623]
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
WILSON GUNN ASSOC 177 MANCHESTER (5th Floor, Blackfriars HouseThe Parsonage, Manchester Lancashire M3 2JA, GB)
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