Airborne Oil & Gas has been granted a massive contract from a supermajor via Oceaneering International to supply Thermoplastic Composite Pipe flowlines for deployment in West Africa. It’s believed to be the first TCP solution of this type employed in the region and anticipated to save the operator as much as 40% on the total set up costs.
The contract develops on long-standing ties between Airborne Oil & Gas and the E&P business on the qualification and deployment of TCP and indicates a big milestone for Airborne Oil & Gas in supplying TCP for permanent subsea operations.
TCP as a non-metallic, composite pipe which delivers high levels of corrosion and fatigue resistance and therefore a considerably extended service life.
Under the agreement in West Africa, the world’s prime manufacturer of TCP will provide the supermajor with a 4km, 7.1 in. ID, 160 bar plan pressure TCP Flowline for water injection replacing current corroded flowlines in the area.
Martin van Onna, CCO at Airborne Oil & Gas stated “This is a vital milestone in our firm’s history as we imagine it to be the first TCP Flowline to be set up in West Africa, marking the breakthrough of TCP technology in the subsea industry in this area. From now on, any asset director, country supervisor, buyer, or engineer can merely choose a ‘no corrosion’ solution to be built, installed, and deployed quickly and affordably.”
The total installed cost of TCP has shown to offer important benefits to the operator’s pipeline replacement initiatives, particularly for water injection strains, which often suffer from corrosion.
Paul McCafferty, VP Europe & Africa at Airborne Oil & Gas stated “The lightweight variety of TCP implies that our client is ready to install the flowlines from its existing discipline support vessel, without the need to usher in a dedicated development ship. This provides an estimated 40% reduction in the overall cost of installation.