With the increase in activity in the oil and gas market, Airborne Oil & Gas in IJmuiden, the Netherlands, is significantly ramping up production capacity.
As the track record of Airborne is growing, notably in production flowlines and jumpers, customers are asking to deliver much larger quantities of TCP for both onshore and offshore applications.
In order to support these projects, Airborne is now investing in engineering and equipment to increase the production capacity.
In its production facility in IJmuiden, Airborne manufactures TCP by building up layers of tape containing glass or carbon fibres and one of three polymers: HDPE, PA12 and PVDF. These tapes reinforce a liner of the same polymer, and a coating of the same polymer provides a durable outer protection cover. These materials enable Airborne to provide fit-for-purpose solutions for subsea well intervention, subsea risers and flowlines, and onshore flowlines.
Airborne processes these materials in a three-stage process: extruding the liner, winding multiple layers of tape to reach the desired strength and stiffness, and coating the pipe. Increasing production capacity will involve speeding up each of the three stages.
Airborne is making a multi-million-euro investment in its production facility. The automation level is being increased and the processing for each of the materials improved. Furthermore the company is reducing logistics lead time and pipe handling time, increasing the liner extrusion capability and expanding the coating capacity. In addition, Airborne is making hardware adjustment to handle stiffer pipes, to be able to deliver deep-water risers in the future.