Oil & Gas Innovation OGI Autumn 2017 Digital Version - Page 40

S oluForce is the originator and technological leader in the research, development, manufacture, supply and installation of Flexible Composite Pipes (also known as Reinforced Thermoplastic Pipes). The SoluForce pipe system is completely non-metallic, resulting in a flexible system which means it can go round corners, up hills, down slopes, across gullies, under water and more with ease. It’s also fully corrosion resistant and quick and simple to install. Moreover, SoluForce provides solutions that include a corrosion-resistant fitting system that also makes it easy to connect our pipe systems to conventional pipeline infrastructure. We can supply installation equipment and certified installation engineers wherever our customers require them. Our philosophy is to offer economical solutions and make your operation safe and more efficient. And we do. Gas applications Gas transmission pipelines, bringing gas from remote locations to market will be a major focus of the oil and gas industry moving forward. Increasing the importance of short-to long distance natural gas transportation using pipeline infrastructure. As the world’s oil & gas sector is becoming more gas oriented, the market is looking for a flexible non-metallic pipe to transport gas. In addition to the conventional high performance pipes, SoluForce also offers Gas Tight (GT) versions of the synthetic fiber reinforced ‘SoluForce Classic’ and the high-strength steel wire reinforced ‘SoluForce Heavy’. These special extensions to the portfolio have been developed for a wide range of gas applications, from wet gas directly from a well, to the transportation of gas from marginal fields. Soluforce pipe systems include a full fitting solution that is specifically designed for the various SoluForce pipes. For the Light and Classic pipe systems, a non-metallic electrofusion connection system is available. For the heavy pipe system, SoluForce offers a non-metallic single swage and a high performance double swage connection system. These connections are extremely durable and are optimized for extreme high pressures, high axial loads and dynamic operation. SoluForce Gas Tight products All type of polymers show permeation of light hydrocarbons and gas. Small volumes of gas and hydrocarbons can permeate through the polymer of a thermoplastic pipe. This permeated fraction can end up in the soil surrounding the pipe. This could result in high concentrations of hydrocarbons in the soil, which is damaging to the environment or prohibited. Metal, on the other hand, doesn’t show the phenomena of permeation at all. But to imbed metal in a non-metallic and flexible pipe system is challenging. After years of research and development, SoluForce found the perfect material to stop permeation through the SoluForce pipe wall. 40