Installation of the world's first subsea High Pressure TCP on Chevron's Alder
Chevron North Sea Limited announced first gas from its Alder field in November last year, with this came another milestone, operation of the world’s first permanent subsea Thermoplastic Composite Pipe (TCP). Although TCP technology has been established for some years as an alternative to steel and flexible pipe in temporary subsea applications, no TCP had yet been installed subsea for a permanent jumper application due to the high qualification requirements.
At the upcoming Subsea Expo event in Aberdeen we will evaluate the project that lead to successful installation and operation of the Alder TCP Jumper. We will cover the design of the pipe, the qualification program implemented to prove the TCP Jumper in this demanding high pressure application and finally the installation method used to install the TCP Jumper subsea. We will conclude with lessons learned as advice for future TCP installations subsea.
Contract award for deepwater subsea TCP Jumper Spool qualification
Airborne Oil & Gas, the first and leading manufacturer of Thermoplastic Composite Pipe, has been awarded a qualification program from a Major Operator for a High Pressure, Deepwater TCP Jumper Spool. With its first application anticipated in the Gulf of Mexico region, the Thermoplastic Composite Pipe technology has the potential to radically reduce cost of subsea infrastructures. The client, a global Oil Company with interests in several deepwater plays, considers the high pressure TCP Jumper Spool an excellent building block and relevant step towards composite risers for deepwater application.
The TCP Jumper Spool will be manufactured using Carbon Fibre, and designed for application in depths greater than 2000mt at pressures in excess of 10,000 psi. Gavin Leiper, Vice President Airborne Oil & Gas North America, comments: "This is a fantastic step forward in our qualification and product portfolio, we are very pleased that the industry has recognised the opportunity that our cost effective technology brings to the full operational life-cycle of subsea field infrastructures. We are looking forward to working closely with our client on this project, as we deliver this exciting product game changer to the market.”
The qualification program will be performed at the Airborne Oil & Gas manufacturing facility in IJmuiden, The Netherlands and will be completed by summer 2017.
Sumitomo Corporation and Airborne Oil & Gas join forces
Sumitomo Corporation and Airborne Oil & Gas have signed a worldwide commercial cooperation agreement for the sale and distribution of TCP products to the global Oil & Gas Industry. The two companies will leverage each other's strengths in providing high end Thermoplastic Composite Pipe Products for Riser, Flowline and Jumper Spool applications.
"The intrinsic properties of the TCP, such as no corrosion, low weight, and end-fittings that are installed quickly offshore, provide our clients with unmatched opportunities to reduce cost, both CAPEX and OPEX" says Martin van Onna, Chief Commercial Officer with Airborne Oil & Gas. "With our DNV qualifications and fast growing track record in the global SURF market, the TCP is widely recognised for its potential as alternative to steel and flexible pipe. This makes 2017 the ideal year to expand into the global market." read more: