Oilfield technology company Airborne Oil & Gas has started a qualification programme of a thermoplastic composite pipe (TCP) Riser for deepwater applications in South America.

The programme for a ‘major operator’ was started in collaboration with Subsea 7, a minority shareholder in Airborne Oil & Gas.

Airborne Oil & Gas CTO Henk de Boer said: “With our knowledge of materials and experience, we are able to work with the supply chain to develop the optimal material combination for each application, resulting in a fit-for-purpose approach.

“For this qualification in Brazil, we set out to develop a material that would allow operators to use a free hanging catenary configuration, to be installed by suitably available pipe-lay vessels.”

“We believe that the TCP Riser can become a compelling solution for future deepwater fields.”

The company started the TCP Riser qualification programme with the objective to offer a new disruptive riser pipe technology to the offshore operators engaged in international deepwater applications.

Designed by Airborne Oil & Gas, the TCP Riser design is said to offer total installation at lesser costs compared to other existing solutions.

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It also offers the operator significant flexibility with regard to subsea configuration and choice of installation vessel.

Subsea 7 technology manager Ivan Cruz said: “We believe that the TCP Riser can become a compelling solution for future deepwater fields.

“The technology has a disruptive potential as a fundamentally simple pipe, and a straightforward solution that equally removes the need for buoyancy requirements.”

In the qualification programme, Subsea 7 is engaged in conducting TCP Riser’s global Riser behaviour analysis and installation analysis.