The construction of a rich MEG centrifuge pipe system with AIAN stainless steel pipe guards for an offshore platform in the Indian Ocean

The construction of a rich MEG centrifuge pipe system with AIANO stainless steel pipe guards for an offshore platform in the Indian Ocean

Ichthys is the largest discovery of hydrocarbon liquids in Australia in 40 years. The Ichthys LNG Project currently in construction is ranked among the most significant oil and gas projects in the world. It is located about 220 kilometres offshore from Western Australia. The Ichthys LNG Project is effectively three huge projects in one, involving some of the largest offshore facilities in the industry, a state-of-the-art onshore processing facility and an 889 km pipeline uniting them for an operational life of at least 40 years.

AIANO and Ichthys

The complex network of KGD pipeswork and AIANO personal protection guards

The complex network of KGD pipework and AIANO personal protection guards

One company involved in the project is British engineering company and package manufacturer, KGD. Amongst other things, KGD manufactures a wide range of fluid handling packages primarily for oil and gas offshore facilities all over the world, and was recently ranked number 10 in the Sunday Times list of fastest growing export SMEs. AIANO was proud to be chosen by KGD to provide personal protection guards for this project. AIANO makes safety guards for a wide variety of different lights and heater fittings.

AIANO Stainless steel pipe guards for personnel protection

KGD was looking for a company to provide personal protection stainless steel pipe guards to go around pipes on a rich MEG pre-treatment centrifuge pipe system and a rich MEG hydrocarbon centrifuge pipe system for the Ichthys Project.  AIANO won a competitive bid and has been providing tubular stainless steel guards to the project.

AIANO worked with isometric drawings produced by KGD and made individual guards for each section of pipe. As can be seen in the photographs, the pipes were of varying lengths and circumference. The pipe guards ranged in circumference from about 500mm to more than a metre.

Personal protection mesh guards for the Ichthys Project showing the AIANO variable guard circumference and mitred corners

Personal protection mesh guards for the Ichthys Project showing the AIANO variable guard circumference and mitred corners

Some pipes required straight sections of guarding, while others turned a 90-degree angle and the guards had to accommodate this.

AIANO mathematician – Alex, AIANO chief design engineer – Steve, together with our highly skilled welders/fabricators collaborated to develop a method for fabricating the mitred corners required for the pipes with 90-degree bends. The mitred corners ensured the cleanest and safest guarding solution.

AIANO capabilities and project highlights

The guards were made from the highest quality 316 grade stainless steel, designed to tolerate the marine environment. AIANO bespoke pipe guards are made from 25 x 25 x 2.64mm (1” x 1” 12swg) stainless steel weld mesh fabricated in the UK.

AIANO had to work to very tight and strict production schedules and at all stages of the project we delivered either on or ahead of schedule.

Detailed view of AIANO pipe guard with mitred corner

Detailed view of AIANO stainless steel pipe guards with mitred corners

The guards were powder coated in order to protect them on their journey by boat from Southampton docks to Korea, where the platform is being reassembled for shipment to Australia.

  • AIANO stainless steel pipe guards made individually to match each isometric drawing (in all several hundred sets of pipe guards including spares.
  • Each pipe guard comprises two semi-circular halves.
  • The guards are designed and fabricated for each separate isometric drawing.
  • The guards can be fabricated with or without pipe cut-outs.

AIANO is an industry expert and authority, and very often AIANO is recommended in bid documents, in specifications and requirements by architects, construction companies or users because of our reputation for high quality, reliability, credibility and fast delivery.  Usually we develop new designs and establish new trends that other companies follow. Please do not hesitate to contact us online or on T. 020 7987 1184 should you require any further information.

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