Not all pipes are created equal. The choice of materials for use in oil and gas pipelines and hydrocarbon transportation can impact operating costs, lead time, compliance, ease of installation, maintenance costs, total costs of ownership, and much more.
Working extensively in the Delaware Basin, one company had long been seeking a more cost-effective solution for a water-transfer flowline than steel and HDPE.
A major oil and gas company faced a dilemma on a recent offshore pipeline rehabilitation project in the Gulf of Mexico. Saltwater and H2S corrosion had taken their toll on an existing steel pipeline.
Our customers are frequently amazed by the exceptional capabilities of Thermoflex. We thought we’d take this opportunity to systematically answer questions and clear up some basic misunderstandings.
Polyflow composite pipe helps infrastructure get ahead
A crude wave is coming. According to research and consulting firm IHS Markit, West Texas’ Permian Basin is set to produce more oil than any OPEC nation except Saudi Arabia.
Midland-based Polyflow manufactures and installs Thermoflex®—spoolable, composite pipeline for hydrocarbon transport. In addition to surface and downhole applications, it’s ideal for pipeline rehabilitation at a fraction of the cost and labor associated with traditional steel.
CIS GAZ in Romania contracted Polyflow to mitigate the risks and costs associated with extensive and systemic paraffin issues.
U.S. industries are bracing themselves for the ramifications of the new 25 percent tariff on imported steel. Just as the nation is poised to lead the world in oil and gas production, pipeline infrastructure is in desperate need of repair, along with new pipelines to accommodate the need for increased capacity.1 All of this, unfortunately, requires imported steel, which has forced many companies to look for alternative solutions to make these projects economically viable.
Bonanza Creek Energy, operating in the Rocky Mountain region of the United States, was beset by paraffin problems in flowlines that transport produced oil and gas from wells to nearby temporary storage facilities. The extent of deposition was such that it required frequent pigging, shutting down operations each time, resulting in higher operational costs and lost productivity.
The first installment of the Extreme Environment Project Histories series featured a pipe relining project that was delivered in the midst of a harsh, Eastern European winter.
The second installment featured a pipe relining project that faced snowy weather, adverse terrain and substantial paraffin blockage.
The final installment features a project that included an incomplete topographic study, several elbows that had to be replaced that were not shown on the schematics, and very large paraffin deposits that caused the cleaning pig to get stuck.