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Celanese and Airborne Oil & Gas Sign Strategic Supply Agreement for Deepwater Thermoplastic Composite Pipes

11 March 2014

Celanese and Airborne Oil & Gas Sign Strategic Supply Agreement for Deepwater Thermoplastic Composite Pipes

Celanese and Aiborne Oil and Gas have signed a multi-year agreement to improve materials, systems and solutions.

“This multi-year alliance promises to further improve materials, systems and solutions that will meet the oil and gas industry requirements for harsh deepwater operations,” said Marcus Kremers, Chief Technology Officer at Airborne. “Together, Airborne, with its expertise in offshore thermoplastic composite pipe systems, and Celanese, a leading global producer of high-performance thermoplastic composites, will be able to drive the development of the right material solutions. This strategic alliance is an important milestone in achieving a robust supply chain, ready for scaling up.”

Michael Ruby, Global Composites Business Manager for Celanese, stated “Our multi-year supply agreement demonstrates the Celanese commitment to meeting the needs of the oil and gas industry and supporting future developments. This agreement will ensure a supply of numerous, fully qualified engineered materials that can meet the demand for oil and gas pipes.”

Celanese explains states that Airborne use Celstran CFR-TP (continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic) composite technologies, which are suitable for use in flowlines, downlines, jumpers, intervention lines, risers and other offshore pipe systems.

The company states that the durable, spoolable, lightweight composite pipe systems, designed and manufactured by Airborne, have high mechanical strength to withstand the extremely high pressures and tensile loads of deep-sea offshore operations. They also combine an excellent chemical stability with very good resistance to fatigue, aging and permeation. They are more robust than existing pipe systems used in the offshore industry and reduce operational cost because of faster and easier deployment. The absence of corrosion reduces maintenance costs and the smooth inner bore improves the pressure performance. These pipes are made in a fully automated manufacturing process and can be made up to several kilometers of length in one product.

Photo provided by Celanese.





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