Photo: TCP being spooled at Airborne’s manufacturing plant in The Netherlands; Image: Airborne

Airborne gets ‘most significant’ TCP flowline order to date

Thermoplastic composite pipe (TCP) manufacturer Airborne Oil & Gas has been awarded what it says is its “most significant flowlines contract to date” for ten kilometers of the TCP technology for a supermajor in West Africa.

TCP being spooled at Airborne’s manufacturing plant in The Netherlands; Image: Airborne

Airborne said on Tuesday that this was the second award for TCP Flowline from the undisclosed E&P organization and follows on from earlier successful delivery of a four-kilometer product last year.

The company added that it was producing the ten-kilometer TCP flowline to support the operator’s brownfield, a tie-back development project in the same field and region.

TCP is a non-metallic, composite pipe that delivers high levels of corrosion and fatigue resistance and therefore a significantly extended service life.

According to Airborne, its TCP flowlines lead to approximately 40 percent savings on installation costs compared to traditional alternatives as well as further operational cost savings and safety-related efficiencies for operators due to the absence of corrosion.

Martin van Onna, CCO at Airborne, said: “The ten-kilometer order for our TCP Flowline is a landmark moment in our company’s history, particularly given that it is a repeat order from a major operator and that it strengthens our order book on which to grow our business during 2020.

“Developing long-term relationships with clients fits in with our ongoing business plan and in tandem provides us with the opportunity to understand what is required, develop the best TCP solutions and support over multiple projects.”

Paul McCafferty, VP of Europe and Africa at Airborne, added: “The award of this TCP flowline project from an important client demonstrates the industry’s growing confidence in our solution, and the value-added benefit TCP offers to their projects, particularly where existing field support vessels can be utilized for installation. Once again confirming that TCP offers no corrosion at a lower cost.”


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