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Flexlife Granted European Patent for Corrosion Protection of Pipes Suspended in Seawater

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 10/13/2015, Location: Europe

Flexlife are pleased to announce that we have been granted a European Patent for ‘Corrosion Protection of Pipes Suspended in Seawater', this Patent relates to the use of Flexlife’s FlexGel product.

FlexGel is an innovative solution to a common problem encountered by operators where flexible risers or umbilicals suffer damage to the outer sheath within caissons. The FlexGel product is intended to be deployed in the case of an annulus breach within an I-Tube or J-Tube displacing the sea water and removing the oxygenated sea water associated with a splash zone environment. In doing so the FlexGel will reduce further corrosion in the structural tensile armour wires of the flexible pipe, increasing its life.

FlexGel also protects steel risers in caissons as well as the inner surface of I/J Tubes. The FlexGel density can be tuned depending on application allowing a plug of gel to be located around the damaged outer sheath/annulus regions. Where an outer sheath breach is discovered, FlexGel is deployed into the caisson. The FlexGel fills the I-Tube and as such the area around the damage, preventing the ingress of seawater or air therefore the re-oxygenation of the corrosive environment, arresting corrosion. FlexGel can also be installed just after riser pull-in as a preventative solution. FlexGel is an environmentally friendly product and is CEFAS registered.

Flexlife CEO Garry Millard said: “we continue to develop our technologies to support the inspection, maintenance, repair and protection of Flexible Pipe products, the granting of this Patent further endorses Flexlife’s technology to support our customers and enabling Flexlife’s global expansion into new regions”.

Flexlife is widely recognised throughout the industry for its expertise and excellence in the integrity and engineering of Flexible Risers and Flow-lines, with offices in Aberdeen and Houston, Flexlife operate globally supporting IOC's, NOC’s, FPSO Operators/Owners and EPCI Contractors on both brownfield and greenfield projects.

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