Airborne Oil & Gas places composite flexible jumpers in Gulf of Mexico

Wild Well Control will use Airborne's flexible, non-collapsible thermoplastic composite pipe Jumpers to provide flexible fluid connection for well-plugging operation.

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Airborne Oil & Gas (IJmuiden, the Netherlands) reported on Nov. 16 that it has won a contract to supply composite non-collapsible flexible jumpers to Wild Well Control for deepsea riserless plug and abandonment in the Gulf of Mexico.

Wild Well Control awarded Airborne Oil & Gas (AOG) a contract for the supply of two flexible thermoplastic composite pipe (TCP) Jumpers. The two jumpers, 2 inches in diameter and 10-ksi rated, are collapse-resistant to 3000m water depth. They are delivered in lengths of 300 ft each and will provide flexible fluid connection between a drill string or downline and Wild Well Control's 7-series subsea intervention package.

AOG says its TCP Jumper combines flexibility with a smooth bore and high collapse resistance. This combination, the company says, provides a superior solution for riserless plug and abandonment (P&A).

Thomas Wilke, Wild Well Control general manager subsea, explains: “Our primary client, Marubeni Oil and Gas, will be plugging and abandoning nine subsea wells, of which the deepest are at a water depth of some 7300 ft. We expect that some wells will be sub-hydrostatic, which may lead to significant differential pressures. Using AOG's non-collapsible jumpers removes the risk of hose collapse and the related project delays. We have worked with Airborne Oil & Gas for some time on this project and concluded that their product provided a significant operational advantage."

With this order, AOG has added another high-pressure product to its portfolio, and secured its first order in the Gulf of Mexico. Frits Kronenburg, area sales manager, says, “We have developed our flexible jumpers as the superior product for deepwater well intervention, acid stimulation and P&A. To date we have already won orders for our 2.5-inch, 10-ksi jumpers, and now for our 2-inch, 10-ksi jumpers as well. The potential is so significant that we are manufacturing this jumper for stock, enabling us to supply quickly."