Airborne Oil & Gas Collaborates with SÍMEROS to Qualify Dynamic Deepwater TCP Risers in Brazil
Airborne Oil & Gas has signed a collaboration agreement with SÍMEROS Technologies to deliver the first qualified Thermoplastic Composite Pipe (TCP) Risers in the deepwater region Brazil.
Last year, Airborne Oil & Gas commenced its TCP Riser qualification program. It is believed that it is the world’s first technology for fully bonded, free hanging composite Risers with the aim to provide a disruptive new Riser pipe technology for operators with international deepwater applications.
The program is getting funds from a major operator in the region and is aimed to qualify the TCP Riser for dynamic deepwater applications, including for pre-salt and highly corrosive conditions, against an ambitious timescale.
Airborne Oil & Gas is a global leader in the manufacturing of TCP. This TCP Riser aims at delivering the lowest cost solution for total installation of dynamic risers in deepwater applications, while offering maximum flexibility to operators in terms of subsea configuration and choice of installation vessel.
Renato Bastos, vice president, Brazil of Airborne Oil & Gas said: “Following our announcement in June last year regarding our TCP Riser qualification program, we are very pleased with the opportunity to add SÍMEROS to our partnering approach in Brazil to support on local qualification, development and manufacturing of the TCP end fittings.” “With tremendous support from our clients, we have developed the TCP Riser with optimal characteristics for cost, weight and bend radius, while using robust materials with many years of proven track record in the field, he added.”
The TCP Flowlines and Risers that can be installed by existing flex-lay and reel-lay vessels and can be installed in a flexible and cost effective free hanging catenary mode. Oliver Kassam, the CEO of Airborne Oil & Gas, mentioned, “Installed in free hanging catenary configuration, our TCP Riser provides the opportunity for significant savings on typical FPSO development, through faster installation and avoiding the need to use buoyancy modules”
He further said, “With our track record to date delivering various applications for major operators around the globe - including hydrocarbon service - we are moving forward rapidly on this program to qualify the TCP Riser. SÍMEROS has extensive experience in flexible pipe qualification testing and we look forward to a successful working partnership.”
The partnership aims at delivering the first TCP Riser to be qualified in Brazil, bringing together a leading TCP manufacturer with a Brazilian leader in the design of end-fittings and ancillaries for flexible pipe. SÍMEROS director, Fabiano Bertoni said: “We are delighted to be working with Airborne Oil & Gas on this exciting qualification program which may change the face of the subsea industry in years to come. Brazil is a very attractive deepwater market and will likely play a dominant role in the global deepwater environment moving forward. The qualification programme for Airborne Oil & Gas’ TCP Riser includes rigorous testing with full monitoring by DNV GL and a clear staircase, leading to qualified TCP Risers for hydrocarbon and water & gas service, in deepwater and dynamic applications.”
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Source: Airborne Oil & Gas