IJMUIDEN, the Netherlands– Shell has awarded Airborne Oil & Gas a qualification program for a high-pressure, deepwater, thermoplastic composite pipe (TCP) jumper spool.
Its first application is anticipated in theGulf of Mexico.
Tom Moroney, Shell’s vice president, Deepwater & Wells Technology comments: “Airborne Oil & Gas’ flexible composite pipe is lightweight and flexible, which could considerably help reduce the cost of subsea developments in deepwaters. In addition, the high-pressure jumper spool represents a relevant step towards future deployment of deepwater composite risers.”
The TCP Jumper Spool will be manufactured using carbon fiber, and designed for application in depths greater than 2,000 m (6,562 ft) at pressures in excess of 10,000 psi.
Gavin Leiper, vice president, Airborne Oil & Gas North America, said: “This is a fantastic step forward in our qualification and product portfolio. We are very pleased that Shell has recognized the opportunity that our cost-effective technology brings to the full operational life-cycle ofsubsea field infrastructures. We are looking forward to working closely with the Shell Technology Centers in Houston and Amsterdam, as we deliver this exciting product to the market.”
The qualification program will be performed at the Airborne Oil & Gas manufacturing facility in IJmuiden, the Netherlands, and is expected to be completed by summer 2017.