Airborne gets order to supply TCP flowlines for project in West Africa

Airborne Oil & Gas has been awarded a large contract from an unnamed super-major through Oceaneering to supply Thermoplastic Composite Pipe (TCP) flowlines for deployment in West Africa.

Source: Airborne

It is believed to be the first TCP solution of this type utilized in the region and expected to save the operator up to 40% on total installation costs, according to Airborne’s statement on Tuesday.

TCP as a non-metallic, composite pipe delivers high levels of corrosion and fatigue resistance and therefore a significantly extended service life, the company added.

Under the contract in West Africa, Airborne will provide the unnamed company with a 4km, 7.1 inch ID, 160 bar 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.”

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.”


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