Composite materials provide alternatives for deepwater projects

Composites as a replacement for steel offer an alternative material that in many cases improves the economics for developing deepwater oil and gas resources.These materials have the advantage of being stronger and lighter than steel, thereby reducing the loads on mobile drilling units (MODUs) and such production facilities as tension-leg platforms (TLPs). The lighter loads allow operators to extend the water depth of MODU and TLP operations.Composite materials already present in production operations include flow lines, gratings, stairways, structural material, and fiberglass piping. Synthetic mooring lines are another alternative material that facilitates operations in deeper water. Also...

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