ClockSpring|NRI experts introduce composite solutions for offshore asset integrity at OTC

Source: press release, 7 May 2019

Technicians use rope access to apply a composite repair to a damaged riser on a platform offshore California
Technicians use rope access to apply a composite repair to a damaged riser on a platform offshore California (photo: ClockSpring|NRI)

ClockSpring|NRI the world’s leading manufacturer of highly innovative and engineered products for the repair and rehabilitation of pipe-based critical infrastructure, held a press conference on May 7, 2019 at the 50th Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston to present advances in composite solutions.

“Our solutions for restoring critical infrastructure offshore are simplifying asset maintenance,” says ClockSpring|NRI CEO Matthew Boucher. “We know downtime means lost production, so we have designed our products to be installed without requiring production to be shut in. Our continuing investment in R&D is extending the reach of existing technologies and introducing more reliable and cost-effective solutions for offshore.”

At the press conference, Vice President of Technical Service Matt Green and Regional Sales Manager Leah Tetreault discussed how ClockSpring|NRI has developed its products and provided examples of how some of those solutions have been applied in the field.

Tetreault explained that composites were developed specifically to contend with corrosion and have been installed around the world for more than 20 years to address a range of offshore issues, including repairing flare lines, decks, risers, caissons and underwater pipelines in addition to securing assets undergoing decommissioning.

She presented the details of a recent project in Cook Inlet, Alaska, where prefabricated multi-layered composite split sleeves made of high-strength, corrosion-resistant fiberglass were installed on 20 girth weld joints on a 25-cm gas pipeline 30.5 metres below the surface. She also explained how the company’s proprietary products were used to repair a hole in a 41-cm seawater injection line on an asset in the Gulf of Mexico.

Green discussed a project on a platform offshore Malaysia that required repairs above and below the water as well as a riser repair project offshore California that saved the asset owner USD 120,000 a day in lost production. He concluded his comments with a word about ongoing research that is qualifying composites for more exacting offshore installations at even greater depths.

Composite technologies are changing the way corrosion repairs are carried out offshore, and continuing successes prove they are competitive with traditional repair techniques in extending the service life of offshore assets.

Visit ClockSpring|NRI during OTC at Booth 1468.