Airborne Oil & Gas (AOG), a manufacturer of thermoplastic composite pipes (TCP), and engineering company Simeros Technologies have signed a collaboration agreement to deliver the first qualified TCP risers in deepwater Brazil.
Last year, AOG began its TCP riser qualification program. The technology is dubbed as a world first for fully bonded, free hanging composite risers for international deepwater applications.
AOG said that the program was receiving funding from a major operator in the region and was aimed at qualifying the TCP riser for dynamic deepwater applications, including pre-salt and highly corrosive conditions, against an ambitious timescale.
AOG VP in Brazil, Renato Bastos, said: “Following our announcement in June last year regarding our TCP riser qualification program, we are very pleased with the opportunity to add Simeros to our partnering approach in Brazil to support on local qualification, development, and manufacturing of the TCP end fittings.”
The TCP flowlines and risers developed by AOG can be installed by existing flex-lay and reel-lay vessels in free hanging catenary mode.
“Installed in free hanging catenary configuration, our TCP riser provides the opportunity for significant savings on typical FPSO development, through faster installation and avoiding the need to use buoyancy modules,” added Oliver Kassam, Airborne Oil & Gas CEO.
Fabiano Bertoni, Simeros director, stated: “We are delighted to be working with AOG on this exciting qualification program which may change the face of the subsea industry in years to come. Brazil is a very attractive deepwater market and will likely play a dominant role in the global deepwater environment moving forward.
“The qualification program for Airborne Oil & Gas’ TCP riser includes rigorous testing with full monitoring by DNV GL and a clear staircase, leading to qualified TCP risers for hydrocarbon and water and gas service, in deepwater and dynamic applications.”
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