Strohm wins first thermoplastic composite pipe contract for subsea operations offshore Brazil

World Oil Staff June 06, 2023

(WO) – Strohm was awarded a contract with independent E&P operator PRIO (formerly known as PetroRio) to provide its composite pipe solutions to support operations at its Frade field.

Strohms pipeline technology installed across Prios Frade field in offshore Brazil
Strohms pipeline technology installed across Prios Frade field in offshore Brazil

This contract with PRIO marks the first time Thermoplastic Composite Pipe (TCP) is used for permanent subsea operations in the region, following its increased adoption by other operators across the globe.

The Frade subsea development is located in the deepwater Northern Campos basin offshore Brazil, with wells tied back to a floating production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) vessel.

Strohm has the world’s largest track record for manufacturing and installing TCP flowlines and jumpers. Under this award, the company has already delivered two sets of TCP Jumpers for gas lift service, one 1,300 m long and the second 900 m long, both delivered onto transportation and installation reels. The TCP Jumpers feature a weight coating designed for sustained on-bottom stability whilst maintaining maximum weight benefit.

Both lines were successfully installed by PRIO in Q2 2023, at approximately 1,200 m water depth, where the Normand Pioneer vessel was deployed for the offshore installation campaign.

As a result of TCPs lightweight properties, unlike alternatives, it could be transported and installed by a small, multi-purpose vessel greatly reducing costs and carbon emissions.

TCP can be used for a wide spectrum of applications such as supporting the mature fields in Brazil currently being revamped and re-developed by independent operators such as PRIO. It is also suited to ultradeep waters with high CO2 contents, typical of the pre-salt province.

Iuri Rossi, PRIO’s Subsea Manager, said, “PRIO understands Strohm as a strategic partner for field redevelopment for many reasons but we would highlight the flexibility with the jumper on demand possibility, the short delivery lead time and the capacity to adapt to the fast changes in line with the way PRIO work. To be dynamic is one of our core values and Strohm is definitely a dynamic company.”

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