OE 2019: Airborne wins TCP flowlines contract offshore West Africa

The thermoplastic composite pipe flowlines will be deployed offshore West Africa.
The thermoplastic composite pipe flowlines will be deployed offshore West Africa.
(Courtesy Airborne Oil & Gas)

Offshore staff

IJMUIDEN, the NetherlandsAirborne Oil & Gas B.V. has received a large contract from a supermajor through Oceaneering International Inc. to supply thermoplastic composite pipe (TCP) flowlines for deployment offshore West Africa.

TCP as a non-metallic, composite pipe which delivers high levels of corrosion and fatigue resistance and an extended service life. 

Under the contract, the company will provide a 4-km (2.5-mi), 7.1-in. ID, 160 bar (2,321 psi) design pressure TCP flowline for water injection replacing existing corroded flowlines in the field.

Martin van Onna, CCO at Airborne Oil & Gas said: “This is an important milestone in our company’s history as we believe it to be the first TCP flowline to be installed in West Africa, marking the breakthrough of TCP technology in the subsea market in this region…”

According to Airborne, the total installed cost of TCP has proved to offer significant benefits to the operator’s pipeline replacement projects, particularly for water injection lines which often suffer from corrosion.

Paul McCafferty, vice president Europe & Africa at Airborne Oil & Gas added: “The lightweight nature of TCP means that our client is able to install the flowlines from its existing field support vessel, without the need to bring in a dedicated construction vessel. This provides an estimated 40% reduction in the total cost of installation.”

At SPE Offshore Europe 2019, Airborne Oil & Gas is exhibiting at stand 1AA70.


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