Largest Ever Victrex® Peek-based Structure Designed to Deliver Subsea Pumping Relability in Extreme Subsea Oil & Gas Operations

To reduce exploration and production costs and risks in subsea oil and gas systems, Magma Global Limited has developed the flexible m-pipe® technology.

Their latest lightweight continuous pipe is both the largest and longest VICTREX® PEEK-based structure ever, achieved with the support and expertise of Victrex. It can be deployed to depths of 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) and handle pressures of up to 15 ksi (103MPa).

The composite pipe combines VICTREX PEEK, high-grade carbon fiber and S-2 Glass* fibers to form a reliable subsea intervention line that meets the demand for a hydraulic pumping system that can handle high pressures and high flow rates.

Thanks to partnering with Victrex, we have been able to successfully develop our 10,000 foot (3,048 meters) solution for hydraulic pumping and light well intervention in the Gulf of Mexico.

VICTREX PEEK polymer’s high performance, and their material and processing expertise, has supported the new record-breaking flexible and spoolable m-pipe for the oil and gas industry.

Charles Tavner - Commercial Director, Magma

Magma is offering its m-pipe and integrated deployment package as a vessel back-deck system for rapid hydraulic light well intervention. The Magma deployment system has a modular reeler with m-pipe intervention line pipe handling system, built-in tensioner, level wind, controls cabin, hydraulic power unit, installation platform and winch, for rapid pipe deployment and retrieval.

The m-pipe is a composite material based on VICTREX PEEK polymer, carbon and glass fibers that delivers low fatigue, improved buoyancy in fluids and high resistance to corrosion compared to steel pipe.

In oil and gas exploration the continuous need to extend scope and efficiency motivates us to develop reliable solutions further. In close collaboration with customers we consequently contribute to solve the toughest challenges.

Tom Swanson - Energy Director, Victrex

By specifying high-performance PEEK composites and polymers that Victrex has developed for this program, the m-pipe in the new Magma deployment system offers:

  • Capability to handle high temperatures
  • Ability to deal with pressures up to (103MPa)
  • Deep water capability down to 10,000 feet (3,048 meters)
  • Excellent fatigue life for thousands of reliable deployments
  • Light weight for ease of installation and reduced pipe stress
  • Smooth PEEK bore for efficient and rapid flow of intervention fluids
  • Resistance to well completion and stimulation fluids and gases for operational reliability

VICTREX PEEK-based m-pipe and deployment system offers regular, reliable low-cost hydraulic well intervention, and can be rented as a complete deployment package from Magma, on either a short-term campaign or annual contract basis.

The m-pipe reduces the cost of intervention at a time when the oil and gas industry is extremely challenged on operational costs, and is also striving to achieve efficiency and reliability. The Magma system is designed to minimize mobilization time and maximize vessel utilization by reducing hydraulic pumping time, reducing intervention costs by up to 30%,” says Tavner.

Charles Tavner - Commercial Director, Magma

Magma’s ‘integrated package’ approach provides the ability to intervene in subsea completions continuously and efficiently, to maximize their ongoing productivity. The Magma system and high performance m-pipe allows for flexible high pressure and high-flow-rate pumping of intervention fluids into subsea wells from small vessels.

At the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) on May 2-5, a Magma sample will be on display at the Victrex booth 5423. The display will also include solutions for high-temperature subsea connectors in the form of VICTREX ST™ polymers. The thermoplastic has been used as an insulating material in subsea connectors for several years, particularly where a combination of high-temperature mechanical performance and dimensional stability is required. The unfilled polymer offers improved mechanical and electrical performance compared to VICTREX PEEK 450G™ polymer, especially in the temperature range of 150°C (302°F) to 200°C (392°F), while reinforced grades enable performance up to 383°C (720°F).

Magma will deliver a technical paper, “Qualification of Composite Pipe,” by Jonathan Wilkins, Qualifications Manager, Magma, on Wednesday, May 4, at 3:50pm in Room 604.

To learn more about Magma m-pipe performance, please click here.

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