Airborne Oil & Gas has started the project to qualify its thermoplastic composite pipe (TCP) for a deepwater jumper spool application for the French operator Total.
The non-corrosive and spoolable thermoplastic composite pipe (TCP) is Airborne Oil & Gas’ answer to today’s industry call for cost effective spools, well jumper, flowline and riser solutions to deal with corrosive fluid conditions and deep water environments. TCP flowlines, jumpers and risers are flexible, corrosion free, lightweight and have high strength. For the deepwater spool application, the TCP offers the possibility to save time and cost due to the inherent flexibility of the product. TCP allows installation without high-precision subsea metrology, as is the case for rigid steel spools.
The Airborne Oil & Gas’ TCP that will be qualified on this project targets deep water applications. “The possibility with TCP to handle large deflections, the ability to cut-to-length and terminate the pipe at location and the subsequent installation with small vessels, make a compelling business case for TCP jumpers. We estimate we can achieve considerable cost savings by using TCP jumpers,” says Frédéric Garnaud, R&D deep offshore program manager with Total.
Airborne Oil & Gas has been working with Total in the development of TCP since 2009. “The start of this project underpins our long-lasting relationship with Total. It demonstrates their trust in Airborne Oil & Gas’ ability to provide cost effective solutions that address the challenges of today’s SURF market,” says Bart Steuten, business development manager with Airborne Oil & Gas.
The project includes the manufacturing and qualification testing of full-scale prototypes and is planned to deliver qualification to DNVGL standard RP-F119 in Q1 2017.