The forefront of development

As the first and leading manufacturer of Thermoplastic Composite Pipe (TCP), we have certified our design method, our production and our materials. In addition, we have qualified our products for major international operators, contractors and service companies.

AOG has qualified its general design methodology and production process in accordance with the DNV standard for TCP, DNV GL ST- F119. Airborne Oil & Gas is the world’s first company to be certified and qualified for the design and production of TCP.

Airborne Oil & Gas has been at the forefront of the development and acceptance of a new global standard for TCP. As a result of this, in December 2015, DNV GL published this new Recommended Practice DNV GL RP F119, intended for Thermoplastic Composite Pipes in offshore applications. In August 2018, the recommended practice was turned into a standard: DNV GL ST- F119.  It is a design-based approach for qualifying TCP, at the lowest cost possible. It builds on a fundamental understanding of the design, materials and production of the TCP:

  • Thorough understanding of the application, including all load cases, temperatures and fluids, both during installation and in service conditions
  • Validated design methods, understanding and accurately predicting all the failure modes of the pipe and end-fittings
  • Detailed material models based on material testing, showing the behaviour and strength of materials under the influence of time, temperature and fluids
  • Proven and robust production, capable of producing continuous length, repeatedly

By combining a solid basis on a materials level with the certified design and production methods, the final product is qualified using a limited number of full scale tests; this minimises both the time and cost involved. The full scale testing is an integral part of the design approach and is used to validate both pipe performance and the design tools. Failure predictions are performed prior to the test and are required to be in line with the test results in order to corroborate the design assumptions. This means the TCP has a predictable behavior.

AOG continues to progress towards achieving full product certification for all its products.

Beyond our qualifications under DNVGL, we are qualified by several major operators and contractors in accordance with other standards and client specific guidelines:

  • We have qualified the TCP Flowline for several major operators according to API 15S as well as client-specific requirements
  • Our TCP Downline is qualified for leading contractors and service companies
  • Our TCP Jumpers are qualified for leading operators as well as service companies

We provide training to our clients on our design and qualification methods. For more information on our design methods and qualifications or to provide training to your staff, please contact us.

DNV GL qualification courses
TCP was officially accredited in 2016. However the industry still lacks official awareness on operational standards and qualifications to utilise TCP effectively. Leading international regulator DNV GL aims to explore the standards for TCP in training courses. This two-days training course explains the philosophy and usage of DNVGL-ST-F119 by going through a qualification case of a thermoplastic composite pipe.

The course is intended to cover all aspects of the qualification process of TCPs from manufacturing to analysis and testing. Furthermore, special applications and cost-saving potentials of TCPs for the oil and gas industry will be discussed. Please visit the DNV website for more information. 



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