Flexlife, part of the Seanamic Group of companies, in partnership with Oceaneering, has been awarded a multi-year contract for the scanning of flexible risers by a leading South American operator, utilizing Flexlife’s patented FlexScan® technology.
The contract covers the scanning of all deepwater, uninsulated flexible pipelines as part of a larger integrity management program to determine if the flexible risers’ annuli are flooded. The initial contract is for two years with an option to extend as needed.
Flexlife has leveraged a long standing relationship with its partner Oceaneering, to deliver the FlexScan® technology via Oceaneering’s Neptune ultrasonic testing tool.
Stewart Duthie, Flexlife’s Director of Subsea Technology, commented: "We have been deploying our patented FlexScan® technology, since 2008, on numerous projects for various clients all over the world. However, this project represents a material change in the uptake of this service. Prior to this mobilization we have undertaken a rigorous qualification program to validate the tool for this operator, including performing tests in a hyperbaric chamber to simulate deep water operations down to 2500m. This advances the understanding of how Ultrasonic signals behave under significant hyperbaric pressure ensuring that data collected is robust and unambiguous. The FlexScan® technology remains one of the best tools in the industry for flexible riser integrity, and results from such a scanning campaign can be incorporated into future engineering and life extension studies.”