Magma Global today pays tribute to the pioneers of the first spooled subsea pipe deployment as part of the commemorations of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, which takes place today at its home city in Portsmouth. The inventive and pioneer spirit demonstrated by the military engineers who deployed “PLUTO” under the English Channel resonates with today’s oil and gas industry as we tackle exploration and production in the harshest environments on the planet.
PLUTO (Pipe Line Under The Ocean) delivered 5 million barrels of fuel to front line troops between D-Day on 6th June 1944 and VE Day on 8th May 1945. It was considered one of history’s greatest feats of military engineering and is recognised for its contribution to the resolution of the conflict.
Martin Jones, CEO, Magma Global, said:
“Today we commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, along with our local community, and pay respect to all those who lost their lives in the conflict. We pay particular tribute to the engineers for whom we have the greatest empathy and appreciation; the pioneering team behind the first subsea oil pipe.”
“We feel a real affinity with the PLUTO project, a subsea pipe linking our home county of Hampshire to Normandy in France, geographies that are again united in flexible subsea engineering through our work with TechnipFMC’s engineering team in Le Trait in Normandy. PLUTO was a huge feat of military engineering and provided fuel to facilitate the movement of front-line troops. Furthermore, it marked the beginning of a new industry delivering fuel around the world and from subsea reserves. This 75th anniversary is significant to our entire industry and the PLUTO engineers deserve to be remembered and appreciated.”
Archive footage showing the manufacturing and deployment can be viewed here: