ABERDEEN, UK – Offshore chemical engineering specialist Aubin Group has formed a cooperation agreement with subsea flexible pipe specialist Flexlife to create what it says is an industry first in subsea integrity management (IM). Aubin Integrity, a division of Aubin Group, and Flexlife will work together to provide full-service IM solutions.
Under the cooperation agreement, Aubin Integrity will supply its development team to create bespoke products and provide offshore personnel for operations. Flexlife will bring its subsea engineering and project management expertise to ensure quality deployment for all applications.
In the past, the two companies have collaborated on projects to help mitigate corrosion in hard-to-access areas around the critical splash zone region of offshore platforms where the seawater and air interface can lead to integrity issues. These projects serve to maximize the remnant life of risers and can defer or obviate the major capital expenditure that would be required if the degraded risers had to be replaced.
This cooperation has resulted in a range of pipeline isolation polymers that have been used to address major integrity issues within the substructure of an offshore platform in the UK continental shelf. The companies worked together to create an internal pipework sealant, AXI-Lokk, and the delivery process, in record time to enable a repair intervention.