2010 Ultra-Deepwater

Qualification of Flexible Fiber-Reinforced Pipe for 10,000-foot Water Depths

Subcontractor: GE Global Research

Principal Investigator: Todd Anderson
Project Number Project Status
10121-4402-01 Active
RPSEA Project Manager: Rick Baker
GE Oil & Gas; ETA International Inc.; Southwest Research Institute
Period of Performance
Start Date End Date
August 6, 2012 September 30, 2016
Total Project Cost RPSEA Share Cost Share
$3,400,586.00 $2,589,254.14 $777,326.00
Project Objectives

This objective of this project is to develop, qualify, and field-deploy flexible fiber reinforced pipe (FFRP) for ultra-deepwater applications in the Gulf of Mexico. FFRP is unbonded flexible pipe with composite reinforcement layers which have the advantages of light weight, high flexibility and corrosion resistance. Due to these advantages, a simple, low top tension riser configuration is enabled. The initial design basis, to be confirmed during Phase 1, is a 7-inch ID, 10,000 psi design pressure, 120°C design temperature, 3,000 meter design water depth production riser application.  


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RPSEA Project Fact Sheet: Download 206.7 KB
File Type Date
Qualification of flexible fiber-reinforced pipe for 10,000-foot water depths ( 2.3 MB ) Phase 1 Final Report 12/14
Title: Paper Presentation: Progress in the Development of Test Methods and Flexible Composite Risers for 3000 m Water Depths - 05/16 ( 1.0 MB )
Title: Paper Presentation: Flexible Fiber-reinforced Pipe for 10,000-foot Water Depths: Performance Assessments and Future Challenges - 05/14 ( 740.9 KB )
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