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Airborne Oil & Gas secures flowlines contract for project in West Africa

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Airborne Oil & Gas has won a large contract from an oil and gas supermajor through Oceaneering to supply Thermoplastic Composite Pipe (TCP) flowlines to be deployed in West Africa.

The supply of TCP flowlines under the contract is expected to save the operator up to 40% on total installation costs, and is believed to be the first TCP solution of its kind to be used in the region.

TCP is a non-metallic, composite pipe that is highly resistant to corrosion and fatigue, extending service life. Under the contract, Airborne will provide 4km of 7.1-inch ID, 160 bar design pressure TCP flowline for water injection, to replace existing corroded flowlines in the West African field.

“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,” explained Martin van Onna, CCO at Airborne Oil & Gas. “From now on, any asset director, country manager, buyer or engineer can simply choose a ‘no corrosion’ solution to be manufactured, installed and deployed quickly and cost effectively.”

Paul McCafferty, vice-president for 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.

“Combined with the low operating costs associated with using the non-corrosive TCP Flowline, this demonstrates the significant potential of the use of TCP in Africa and other brownfield markets around the globe.”