Flexlife are pleased to announce that we have been granted a Malaysian Patent for ‘Method and Apparatus for Repairing Tubular Members’, this Patent relates to the use of Flexlife’s Armadillo Repair Clamp for Flexible flow-lines and risers.
The Armadillo system is modular and can be constructed in bespoke lengths and diameters in order to encapsulate and seal known outer sheath damage on flexibles. It will allow for continued operation of the flexible riser or flow-lines in either static or dynamic modes, preventing the ingress of oxygenated seawater and consequently arresting corrosion.
The Armadillo is clamped around the flexible at the location of the known outer sheath damage and is filled with a pressure compensated sealing fluid (FlexGel™) which seals off the damaged section of the riser. The sealing fluid is injected into the Armadillo by means of a fill port at a nominal positive pressure. Additional functionality can also be added to the Armadillo, such as Annulus Vent Ports and Ultrasonic Sensors based on Flexlife’s FlexGuard™ technology.
Flexlife CEO Garry Millard said: “the development and introduction of new technologies is key to Flexlife’s strategy, enabling growth via market penetration and global expansion in the inspection, maintenance and repair sector, the granting of this Patent further endorses Flexlife’s technology portfolio”.
Flexlife is widely recognised throughout the industry for its expertise and excellence in the integrity and engineering of Flexible risers and flow-lines, with offices in Aberdeen and Houstonand Agency/Partnering agreements for Nigeria, India, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand. Flexlife operate globally supporting IOC’s, NOC’s, FPSO Operators/Owners and EPCI Contractors on both brownfield and greenfield projects.