Airborne Oil & Gas, SÍMEROS collaborate to qualify dynamic deepwater TCP risers in Brazil


RIO DE JANIERO -- Oilfield technology firm Airborne Oil & Gas and engineering company SÍMEROS Technologies have signed a collaboration agreement, which aims to deliver the first qualified thermoplastic composite pipe (TCP) risers in the deepwater region of Brazil.

Photo: Airborne Oil & Gas.

Last year, Airborne Oil & Gas commenced its TCP riser qualification program. The technology is believed to be a world first for fully bonded, free hanging composite risers with the aim of providing a disruptive new riser pipe technology for operators with international deepwater applications.

The program is receiving funding from a major operator in the region and is aimed at qualifying the TCP riser for dynamic deepwater applications, including for pre-salt and highly corrosive conditions, against an ambitious timescale.

A global leader in the manufacturing of TCP, Airborne Oil & Gas’ TCP riser design aims to deliver the lowest cost solution for total installation of dynamic risers in deepwater applications, whilst offering maximum flexibility to operators in terms of subsea configuration and choice of installation vessel.

The TCP flowlines and risers developed by Airborne Oil & Gas can be installed by existing flex-lay and reel-lay vessels and be installed in the flexible and cost effective 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.

The collaboration, which aims to deliver the first TCP Riser to be qualified in Brazil, brings together a leading TCP manufacturer with a Brazilian leader in the design of end-fittings and ancillaries for flexible pipe.

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