How to Install Composite Pipe by Baker Hughes?
You’ve worked with the Baker Hughes team to select just the right composite pipe for your project and have already seen the savings and superiority over steel and HDPE. Now you must begin preparing for the installation phase and all the associated costs such as manpower, downtime, and equipment.
Don’t worry, Baker Hughes is still here to help! We are committed to a successful project, from the initial selection of the materials, through the installation and testing, all the way to maintenance and service. Our composite pipe is lightweight and flexible, allowing the line to be safely spooled; this results in a fast, simple and low-risk installation. In some cases, neither heavy machinery nor welding are even required to complete the process.
Once at the site, Baker Hughes provides experienced field service technicians from our team to qualify and certify each pipe installation project as well as provide FST technical support during critical junctures. We train installation crews onsite in a 3-day certification process and provide training documents to verify certification as well as annual renewals. Our field service professionals ensure that composite pipe installations run smoothly and hassle-free.
The design of the pipe also allows for simple installation as well as convenient transport and set-up. The piping uses an ingenious fitting involving a straightforward stem and ferrule design. A stem is inserted into the ID on the pipe while the ferrule goes over the OD and is mechanically deformed to achieve restraint of the reinforcement layer. The next step of connect to common oilfield infrastructure is also made convenient with multiple coupling options like NPT threads, weld end, and API/ASME flanges.
The durability and flexibility of the Thermoflex piping provide options and allow you to determine the right installation method for the pressure systems:
- For applications at or below 500 psi, the pipe can either be installed on the surface or buried as long as the ground is free of sharp rocks or objects that might puncture or tear the outer cover layer. Make sure you clear the site of excavators, large trucks, or other equipment during the operation so your pipe is not damaged by vehicles.
- For applications at or above 750 psi full line burial is recommended, and while installation is made easier due to Baker Hughes composite pipe being lighter and more flexible, it also requires verification of soil and basic compaction during backfill to control possible upheaval buckling. This is a critical step on the high-stress application, and one you will be happy to have Baker Hughes overseeing.
- If a steel line already in place a pull-through method would be utilized where the existing pipe is cleared of obstructions and then flooded with water and the Thermoflex pipe is safely pulled through. This would eliminate the need for trenching, providing even more cost-effective options.
This ease of installation involved with this unique and expertly designed composite pipe creates a safer workplace, results in dramatic savings in both equipment and manpower, and diminishes down-time, both in the short-term and in the long run. And the benefits do not cease upon completion of installation; equipment maintenance and 24-hour emergency services continue to keep your lines functioning optimally.
View our video overview of the installation process and how to hydrotest over in the Thermoflex Academy.
To read an account of Baker Hughes' industry leading process and to see just how reliable and efficient our installation technique can be, take a look at our work with Diamondback Energy in the Permian Basin where we laid 57,600 ft. in a tight one-month window: