AGR, flexlife develop new pipe scanning technology

AGR Field Operations and flexlife Ltd. in partnership have developed a new pipe scanning technology.

Offshore staff

BERGEN, Norway -- AGR Field Operations and flexlife Ltd. in partnership have developed a new pipe scanning technology.

The application, developed over two years, has a 100% success rate and will help prevent the failure of flexible risers and flexible flowlines, minimizing lost production, and associated environmental impact of a leak.

flexlife devised the patented solution to scan flexible risers in situ and detect annulus flooding anywhere along their length – the first time in the 40 year history of unbonded flexible pipe that this has been achieved – while AGR Field Operations has the ROV capability to deliver it through the Neptune system.

"This is the first time it has been possible to scan any flexible pipe in situ without access to the end fitting meaning any potential failures can be identified and dealt with more quickly than was possible previously," says Carl-Petter Halvorsen, flexlife director.

"Neptune is fast, reliable and can go down to 6,000 m (19,685 ft) so the technology can go anywhere in any environment meaning the potential cost savings and environmental benefits are immense."

10/14/2008

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