Netherlands-based firm Strohm has won a contract from Total and ExxonMobil for a qualification testing programme for a high-pressure, high-temperature Thermoplastic Composite Pipe (TCP).
The testing programme will lay down the basis for further development of this TCP technology for riser applications.
Strohm will implement a qualification testing programme for a TCP Jumper for permanent subsea application hydrocarbon service.
Designed and fabricated using carbon fibre and PVDF polymer, this TCP Jumper can be used for subsea high-pressure and high-temperature applications.
Strohm chief technology officer Henk de Boer said: “This project for Total and ExxonMobil demonstrates our success in the subsea market with our TCP technology on the basis of a compelling business case, fit-for-purpose materials and a clear endorsement of the technology from key clients.
“Total and ExxonMobil have previously qualified our materials and products for water injection and have an extensive and deep understanding of composite materials and TCP. We are delighted they have agreed to start this qualification project, which aims to extend our growing qualified product portfolio for Total and ExxonMobil to include hydrocarbon service.”
Total E&P R&D lead for SURF & SPS R&D Ivo Conradi said: “We have been involved in TCP developments with Strohm since the early days. We believe there could be great potential in using TCP Jumpers to optimise subsea architectures, with the aim to reduce cost and increase layout flexibility. This programme is an important step for our company to be able to consider TCP as an alternative solution in a wider range of subsea applications.”
ExxonMobil vice-president of research and technology development Tristan Aspray said: “We recently qualified Strohm’s TCP for water injection applications and look forward to the potential for new offshore product offerings that bring value and maximize efficiencies for upcoming offshore developments.”
In October, oil major ExxonMobil announced its plans to reduce its workforce in the US by around 1,900 employees through both voluntary and involuntary programmes.