Greater Understanding of Flexible Pipes Needed

January 2018, Vol. 245, No. 1

By Ian Macleod, Engineering Manager, Integrity Management, Wood

Since the first flexible pipes came into operation in the North Sea, they have acquired a mixed reputation. While recognized as an essential piece of technology that makes key operations possible in a way that fixed pipe cannot support, they are still seen, rather more widely than is perhaps deserved, as a more risky option that is prone to greater failure rates. To understand more about the reality of flexible pipe deployments in the global oil and gas industry, and to separate persistent beliefs from empirical fact, the Sureflex Joint Industry Project (JIP) started a…

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