February 2020, Vol. 247, No. 2

Features

Why Industry Needs to Keep Its Pipe Dreams Flexible

By Ray Burke, Flexible Pipe Systems Product Management Director, Baker Hughes The first flexible pipes were used in the offshore oil and gas industry in 1972. These early models were built and applied as a “kill and choke” line and formed with a bonded type of material, usually vulcanized rubber and armoring.  Since then, the demands for this technology have grown steadily and diversified. Today, they are found in every major production basin worldwide and are used for everything from risers, flowlines, fluid transfer lines and jumpers, all designed to keep production flowing efficiently. The development of flexible pipe technology has accelerate

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