Trelleborg’s offshore operation has been awarded a major multi-million-dollar contract by Mexican state-owned petroleum company, Pemex, for Elastopipe. This will be installed on board the Abkatun A complex in the Bay of Campeche in the Gulf of Mexico.
Morten Kristensen, business group director at Trelleborg’s offshore facility in Norway, says: “This is our first contract made directly with Pemex and the largest contract in our history for Trelleborg’s Elastopipe system. I am pleased to see that Elastopipe is regarded as a safe and reliable firewater system, which has resulted in Trelleborg winning this order in such a competitive market.
“The willingness from our customers worldwide to move away from traditional piping methods to a flexible rubber-based system is positive and we have been able to optimize customer requirements across our production, engineering, sales and project management team. This will be the second, important step in upgrading the firewater systems across the entire Abkatun A complex.”
This project represents an important way for Pemex and the Mexican authorities to demonstrate their high regard for safety on board offshore platforms. Oscar Moran, Pemex states: “We are looking forward to working with Trelleborg and JBC to further implement the Elastopipe™ system on board the Abkatun A complex.”
Elastopipe is a patented flexible piping system developed for transporting a variety of fluids and is known for its corrosion-free, explosion, impact and jet fire resistant properties. This next generation piping system uses synthetic rubber instead of traditional materials and incorporates the only piping material approved for offshore deluge systems that has survived sequential explosion, impact and jet fire testing.