February 2021, Vol. 248, No. 2

Tech Notes

Strohm Testing High-End TCP for Total ExxonMobil

Composite pipe technology company Strohm secured a contract with Total and ExxonMobil for a qualification testing program for a high-pressure, high-temperature thermoplastic composite pipe (TCP). The qualification project will create a foundation for further development of this TCP technology for riser applications.  

Strohm’s manufacturing facility is located at its headquarters in IJmuiden in The Netherlands.
Strohm’s manufacturing facility is located at its headquarters in IJmuiden in The Netherlands.

Under the agreement, Strohm will execute a qualification testing program for a TCP jumper for permanent subsea application service. It is designed and fabricated using carbon fiber and polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) polymer to handle subsea high-pressure and high-temperature applications.  

“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,” said Henk de Boer, chief technology officer at Strohm.  

Total and ExxonMobil have previously qualified the company’s materials and products for water injection.  

Total has been involved with TCP developments and Strohm “since the early days,” the company said. The program is an important step for the company in considering TCP as an alternative solution in a wider range of subsea applications. 

“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,” said Tristan Aspray, vice president of research and technology development at ExxonMobil. 

The Netherlands-based Strohm expects to use the combination of PVDF polymer and carbon fiber as a leading choice for high-end subsea application in jumpers, flowlines and risers going forward. 

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