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Magma Global has developed a manufacturing process that produces carbon polymer pipes based on Victrex Peek polymer to address the harsh environments of deeper subsea oil and gas extraction.

Magma specialises in developing risers, jumpers, spools and flow lines for the subsea oil and gas industry for deployment in demanding, deep-water and high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) operating environments.

Its new manufacturing process is claimed to offer improved reliability, increased performance, lighter weight and longer life than conventional unbonded flexible pipe or steel solutions.

Martin Jones, chief executive officer at Magma, said: ‘We believe, with the development of our carbon polymer pipes, we can deliver risers and flow lines that can offer significant performance improvements over incumbent technologies in all key areas, especially weight, fatigue and long-term reliability.

‘This enables us to significantly increase safety factors and decrease the risk of the deep-water subsea extraction of oil and gas,’ he added.

Existing technologies and materials are said to be struggling to cope in the new, harsh operating environments, creating a gap in the market for risers and flow lines that enable the safe and efficient transfer of subsea oil and gas.

Victrex Peek polymer is designed to deliver greater long-term reliability in demanding environments than other materials.

Its combination of high-performance properties makes Victrex Peek polymer a suitable replacement for metals and other plastics, and parts designed using Victrex Peek polymer help to deliver improved operating performance and reduce the risk of costly downtime or damage to the environment caused by component failure.

The high-temperature performance of the polymer offers the ability to perform within extreme ranges in temperature without failure and even when exposed to harsh chemical and wear conditions, according to the Victrex.

Unlike Magma’s solution that uses Victrex Peek polymer, existing technologies are often limited owing to fatigue failure and corrosion.

In addition, the length of the pipes required to reach these depths is so great that traditional materials such as steel and titanium cannot support their own weight, meaning that expensive hybrid designs are the only current alternative; such designs are costly and difficult to deploy.

Magma’s solution is claimed to be more economic in terms of both deployment and operation, but it also reduces risk in deployment and operation.

Magma’s carbon polymer pipes can maintain their optimum performance level at temperatures below -50C (-58F) and offer improved insulation characteristics to aid the flow of hydrocarbons.

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