One of the first major subsea pipelines was built between Great Britain’s Isle of Wight and the coast of France during World War II and since then, their use has expanded exponentially.The $3.3 billion Langeled Pipeline was laid with the help of two floating "pipe factories," or ships where the pipes were welded together before being placed on the bottom of the North Sea. (like the one shown in the picture).
Marine-grade stainless steel, or 316 stainless steel, is one of the most popular alloys for subsea pipes as it is highly resistant to corrosion. Some companies are now replacing 316 stainless steel tubes with a different stainless steel alloy to reduce any corrosion that occurs even further.
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