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1. WO2020107089 - BOBINAGE DE TUYAU POUR OPÉRATIONS DE POSE DE BOBINE

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1. A method of spooling first and second pipelines with different inner diameters successively onto a reel, the method comprising:

assembling the first pipeline from a succession of pipe stalks while, cyclically, filling already-assembled pipe stalks with a pressurising liquid, elevating the pressure of the pressurising liquid and spooling the pipe stalks onto the reel while thereby pressurised internally;

advancing a first, variable diameter pig within the first pipeline to a trailing end of the first pipeline;

attaching a transition joint to the trailing end of the first pipeline, which transition joint has an inner diameter that transitions from the inner diameter of the first pipeline to the inner diameter of the second pipeline;

attaching a leading end portion of the second pipeline to the transition joint, that leading end portion containing a second pig in sealing engagement therewith;

driving the first pig through the transition joint into the leading end portion of the second pipeline, while effecting a change of diameter of the first pig to establish sealing engagement between the first pig and that leading end portion; and

driving the first and second pigs along the second pipeline when assembling the second pipeline from a succession of pipe stalks while, cyclically, filling already- assembled pipe stalks with the pressurising liquid, elevating the pressure of the pressurising liquid and spooling the pipe stalks onto the reel while thereby pressurised internally.

2. The method of Claim 1 , comprising driving the first pig into contact with the second pig and thereafter driving the first and second pigs together along the second pipeline.

3. The method of Claim 2, comprising attaching the first pig to the second pig.

4. The method of any preceding claim, wherein the second pipeline has a greater inner diameter than the first pipeline.

5. The method of Claim 4, wherein the first pig has less resistance than the second pig to longitudinal slippage under differential pressure in the second pipeline.

6. The method of any preceding claim, comprising filling the already-assembled pipe stalks with the pressurising liquid from a leading end of those pipe stalks, attached to the reel.

7. The method of Claim 6, comprising attaching an end closure to a trailing end of the already-assembled pipe stalks before filling those pipe stalks with the pressurising liquid.

8. The method of Claim 7, comprising introducing a liquid buffer through the end closure into a trailing end portion of the already-assembled pipe stalks before filling those pipe stalks with the pressurising liquid.

9. The method of Claim 7 or Claim 8, comprising venting the end closure while filling the already-assembled pipe stalks with the pressurising liquid.

10. The method of any of Claims 7 to 9, comprising pressurising the already-assembled pipe stalks between the leading end and the end closure.

11. The method of any preceding claim, comprising attaching the leading end portion of the second pipeline to the transition joint when the second pig is within that leading end portion.

12. The method of any preceding claim, comprising attaching the transition joint to a leading end of a pipe stalk that defines the leading end portion of the second pipeline.

13. The method of any of Claims 1 to 11 , comprising attaching the transition joint to an intermediate location along the length of a pipe stalk that defines the leading end portion of the second pipeline.

14. The method of any preceding claim, comprising assembling the pipe stalks with permanent welds and attaching the transition joint to the first and second pipelines with temporary welds.