NEWS FROM SPE ATCE 2013 DOW NEPTUNE Insulation is now available
NEW ORLEANS -- The Dow Chemical Company announced a major milestone in the commercialization process for the DOW NEPTUNE Advanced Subsea Flow Assurance Insulation System at the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) in New Orleans yesterday. NEPTUNE P Insulation, for line pipes, and NEPTUNE F Insulation, for field joints, are now available for offshore flow assurance applications.
The NEPTUNE System was developed in direct response to requests from offshore operators for subsea flow assurance protection from the harsh conditions encountered in the evolving offshore production landscape, including broader temperature ranges and higher pressures. The insulation’s tested physical properties include flexibility down to -40°C (-40°F), thermal stability at service temperatures up to at least 160°C (320°F), and a consistently low K-factor.
While competitive line pipe coating systems can require as many as seven layers, NEPTUNE Insulation has two: a robust and homogenous layer of novel insulation over a proprietary fusion-bonded epoxy. This system eliminates the need for multiple materials and adhesive tie layers, which reduces the potential risks associated with bonding dissimilar, and potentially incompatible, materials and contributes to a thinner coating profile. With components for coating line pipe, field joints and subsea architecture, the complete NEPTUNE System is a breakthrough in subsea insulation that protects assets from well head to delivery point.