Victrex Helps Produce Record-Breaking Lightweight Continuous Pipe


Expertise from West Conshohocken’s Victrex has helped Magma Global Ltd. develop a flexible m-pipe technology that can reduce exploration and production costs and help limit the hazards from subsea oil and gas systems, according to a staff report from Plastics Today.

The lightweight continuous pipe is the largest and longest Victrex PEEK-based structure ever, capable of handling pressures of up to 15ksi and deployable up to depths of 10,000 feet. It achieves this by combining Victrex PEEK high-grade carbon fiber with S-2 Glass fibers to form a dependable subsea intervention that can handle the high pressures and flow rates of a hydraulic pumping system.

“Thanks to partnering with Victrex, we have been able to successfully develop our 10,000 foot solution for hydraulic pumping and light well intervention in the Gulf of Mexico,” said Charles Tavner, Magma’s Commercial Director.

The new pipe reduces the cost of intervention at a time when cutting expenses is a priority for the oil and gas industry.

“In oil and gas exploration the continuous need to extend scope and efficiency motivates us to develop reliable solutions further,” explained Tom Swanson, Energy Director at Victrex.

Read more about the successful collaboration at Plastics Today here.

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