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Flexible pipes

Leading the market in the design and manufacture of flexible pipe

 

Flexible pipes

TechnipFMC is the world leader in the design and manufacture of flexible pipe. A flexible pipe is made up of several different layers. The main components are leakproof thermoplastic barriers and corrosion-resistant steel wires. The helically wound steel wires give the structure its high-pressure resistance and excellent bending characteristics, providing flexibility and superior dynamic performance.

The combination of plastic and steel layers can be easily adapted to the diverse requirements of subsea developments. This modular construction where the layers are independent but designed to interact with one another, means that each layer can be made fit-for-purpose and independently adjusted to best meet a specific field development requirement. In addition, flexible pipe can be easily retrieved to be reused on another field development or for decommissioning.

Offering superior dynamic performance

Excellent bending characteristics

TechnipFMC is leading the industry in the development of flexible pipe. Flexible pipe features high-pressure resistance and excellent bending characteristics, providing flexibility and superior dynamic performance. The combination of plastic and steel layers can be easily adapted to the diverse requirements of subsea developments.

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Strong, adaptable and tailored for performance

Strong

  • Leak-proof
  • Corrosion resistant
  • High-pressure resistant

Adaptable

  • Bendable
  • Flexible
  • Adjustable
  • Retrievable

Tailored for performance

  • Fit for purpose
  • Interactive layers
  • Dynamic execution

Integrated Production Bundle

TechnipFMC has developed the Integrated Production Bundle (IPB), an innovative and proprietary technology. The IPB allows for high-level flow assurance of hydrocarbon fluids in difficult conditions from well heads to surface treatment units. The IPB is a flexible production riser that features thermal insulation layers, additional hoses for gas lift or other services, active heating through electric cables, and fluid temperature monitoring with optical fibers.

Freestanding Hybrid Riser

The Freestanding Hybrid Riser (FSHR) is a deepwater riser solution. The FSHR consists of a vertical steel pipe tensioned by a near-surface buoyancy can. A flexible jumper connects the top of the riser to the production platform. The riser is attached to the sea bed via a foundation and a rigid base jumper connects the FSHR to the pipeline end termination.

Riser integrity management

TechnipFMC specializes in riser integrity management. New field discoveries located in challenging environments have pushed the boundaries of oil and gas production. Operators must place increased focus on their assets throughout the life of the field. In an industry going towards greater challenges and increased water depths, the monitoring of riser operational data has become a key parameter to ensure both optimal production and the safety of personnel, equipment and the environment.

Research and development

We pioneered flexible pipe technology in the early 1970s and have consistently provided clients with greater reliability and quality even in the world’s harshest and deepest offshore environments. We are actively engaged in maintaining our technological leadership through research and development. Research and development has played a key role in many of our successes in recent years, including flexible pipe.