GE Oil & Gas has introduced a series of innovative offshore solutions to lower cost, improve reliability and reduce downtime of offshore operations. One of those solutions includes what the company calls its “next-generation Wellstream flexible risers” – also known as flexible pipe – made with carbon fiber thermoplastic composites. Risers are what transfer materials from the seafloor to production and drilling facilities atop the water’s surface.
According to the company, GE Oil & Gas’ flexible pipe business is putting a lot of effort and resources into developing and manufacturing the next generation of flexible risers by utilizing composite technology to create a 30 percent lighter flexible pipe solution. The company adds that the pipe expands the reach of flexible risers into deeper waters and more challenging environments while saving 20 percent on total installed cost.
As GE Oil & Gas explains, a “light-weight solution is a step-change as global offshore resources shift to more remote locations with extremely complex and demanding conditions.” The company adds that “flexible risers have been fundamental to the development and advancement of offshore exploration by enabling the widespread use of cost-efficient floating production units, enhancing the versatility of subsea layouts and providing benefits around installation and logistics plus effectively handling dynamic motion.”
According to Lorenzo Simonelli, President and CEO of GE Oil & Gas, the flexible risers, along with GE Oil & Gas’ new High Pressure Ratio Compression (HPRC) technology and SeaPrime™ control system, represent a shift in consumer demand.
“Today’s industry is shifting from a focus on increasing production to one of maximizing productivity, lowering operating costs and maintaining operating flexibility,” said Simonelli. “Our customers want more for less and our new HPRC, flexible risers and SeaPrime BOP system deliver just that – more operational capability and flexibility for a lower cost using less space or lighter weight.”