Strohm has supplied Shell with a static Thermoplastic Composite (TCP) Riser to support operations at one of its Southern North Sea assets. The availability of TCP through Strohm’s “TCP on Demand” model and the ability to install end-fittings offshore enabled flexible, quick and easy installation.
Strohm was able to offer a fast-track delivery (January ’22) of their 2.0-inch 10ksi stock product, including all ancillaries, to support Shell’s tight schedule.
In a mature basin such as the North Sea, the pipeline infrastructure is ageing and, in some cases, pipelines are in need of replacement. For such a situation, TCP is an attractive solution. In this particular case for Shell, the TCP could be terminated above the J-tube, allowing for a smaller existing J-tube to be used, avoiding the need for any welding or curing. Strohm, together with their trusted partners, included a fast-track supply of the J-tube bellmouth, centralizer, bend restrictors, hang-off clamps, providing a full solution with a quick turnaround.
Strohm has the largest track record globally for the production and delivery of TCP. It is a strong, corrosion resistant composite pipe solution with a long, maintenance free service life. TCP is spoolable and delivered in long lengths allowing operators to use existing field support vessels on long-term charter rather than mobilising dedicated pipelay assets, making significant efficiencies and supporting lower carbon emissions targets. TCP has a 100% track record of no failures on installed pipe.
The technology is increasingly being considered in the renewables sector, including offshore hydrogen and carbon capture and storage, as well as in conventional oil and gas applications. The project for Shell saw the technology being delivered on a subsea pallet.
As well as passing on cost savings for the fully installed package, in parallel, TCP also allows clients to reduce their own C02 emissions whilst contributing to an overall reduction in C02 footprint. DNV has conducted an in-depth analysis of the CO2 footprint related to the manufacture and installation of a TCP Flowline and found that it results in a 50+% reduction compared to that of a steel alternative. The company is continuing this work to assess the operational life, including assessing the impact of the non-corrosive nature of TCP which negates the need for any injection of chemicals related to inspection and pigging.
Martin van Onna, Strohm’s managing director said: “We are proud to have supported Shell with this fast-track project. This award by Shell demonstrates a growing confidence from energy companies in TCP and the benefits the product offers in terms of quick response, installation and reduced Opex. “
Leading composite pipe technology company Strohm (formerly known as Airborne Oil & Gas) has the world’s largest track-record for Thermoplastic Composite Pipe (TCP) after being the first to bring the technology to the Oil & Gas industry in 2007. TCP reduces total installed and life cycle cost for subsea flowlines, jumpers and risers and has proven to reduce the CO2 footprint of pipeline infrastructures by more than 50%.
The company is committed to driving sustainability with its range of TCP solutions which enable clients towards their net-zero carbon emissions targets and supports the renewables sector.
TCP is a strong, non-corrosive, spoolable, lightweight technology which is delivered in long lengths, resulting in a significant reduction of transportation and installation costs. TCP is installed using small vessels or subsea pallets, significantly reducing CO2 emissions. It is also 100% recyclable.
Strohm’s shareholders are Chevron Technology Ventures, Shell Ventures, Evonik Venture Capital, Aker Solutions, Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures, Subsea 7, Sumitomo Corporation and the private equity investor, HPE Growth.
The firm’s manufacturing facility is located at its headquarters in IJmuiden in The Netherlands. Strohm also has offices in Houston (US), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia).
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