Samphire Subsea; an engineering consultancy based in Aberdeen is carrying out a feasibility study, for an oil and gas operator, on the use of a new development product – Thermoplastic Composite Pipe (TCP), on a proposed production flowline subsea tieback. If the study proves the use and installation of this plastic pipe, Samphire Subsea say it could represent a change away from traditional rigid and flexible product for subsea tie backs. The TCP pipe could provide a step change cost reduction in project costs for small subsea developments and significantly reduce operating costs through the removal of expensive inhibitors and simplification of integrity management. As part of the study Samphire will assess the product including the installation challenges.
With the current squeeze on operators and supply chain to deliver in the low oil price environment, the success of taking this from feasibility to execution, would represent a landmark moment in the next generation of subsea developments. Paul Soutar, Samphire’s MD commented: “Samphire have built a growing reputation of successfully executing subsea work in the mature North Sea basin. If Samphire can prove this technology, for use in the subsea environment, through challenging traditional thinking and utilising all our skills and knowledge into making this happen, this could create a different cost model, which could benefit future subsea tiebacks. This fits with maximising the economic recovery from the UKCS and supporting delivery of the small resource pools of the future. This could represent a step change for the start of the next generation in small field developments”.