Airborne Oil & Gas reinforces its energy transition journey as Strohm

8 October 2020

- Strohm’s TCP reduces carbon footprint by more than half -

Leading manufacturer of Thermoplastic Composite Pipe (TCP) Airborne Oil & Gas, has changed its name to Strohm from today (Thursday 8th, October 2020). The launch of the new brand comes as the organisation confirms its commitment to the oil and gas sector’s energy transition and accelerates its strategic growth into the renewables market.

The company was the first in the world to develop TCP and its low-cost, corrosion-resistant products have been successfully supporting the oil and gas sector for the past 13 years. Strohm has built up the world’s largest track record for TCP with most major oil and gas companies utilising its qualified products for jumper, flowline and well intervention applications. 

The firm has now firmly established TCP’s sustainability following analysis carried out to global Greenhouse Gas Protocol’s1 (GHG Protocol) emission measurement and management standards. It has proven that installation of its TCP delivers a 50% smaller carbon footprint compared to traditional steel alternatives. 

Strohm’s TCP Flowlines, Risers and Jumpers are made from completely corrosion resistant and recyclable materials and the business utilises 100% green energy to power its production plant in The Netherlands. The research also determined that TCP’s manufacturing process produces 40% lower CO2 levels compared to that of carbon steel pipe.

TCP’s lightweight, high strength properties allow it to be efficiently installed either through horizontal lay systems onboard of small multi-purpose vessels, or (for TCP Jumper Spools) through a subsea deployment pallet, eliminating the need for two separate vessel campaigns to deliver metrology and then installation. Once installed subsea, it requires no maintenance or corrosion inhibitors, providing a solution that has full life-cycle sustainability.

The results have identified further areas of growth where Strohm’s enabling products can help maximise economic recovery for oil and gas operators as they transition towards a low-carbon future. Strohm has also pivoted its product development to include a programme suitable for renewables.  

Strohm CEO Oliver Kassam said: “As the industry works towards climate reduction targets and the focus sharpens on green energy production, the time was right for us to refocus and align our brand in this direction.”

“Using the globally recognised GHG Protocol standards, we have proven TCP’s value as a sustainable solution which will further aid organisations with their standardization and energy transition strategies. We have also identified significant growth for TCP in the hydrogen and offshore wind markets, supporting both bottom fixed and floating wind projects.

“With the world’s largest track record for TCP, we have built up a solid reputation in the oil and gas sector over the years. Behind the success of our technology-driven products is our loyal and talented workforce. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our employees, and our stakeholders, for their continued support in helping us achieve all our successes to date.” 

Geert van de Wouw, vice president of Shell Ventures, added: “Back in 2014, Airborne Oil & Gas’ potential was already evident as a leader in disruptive technology. We invested in them, confident of the lasting impact they would have on the offshore industry. 

Since then, we have seen the company bring products to the market that realize material cost impacts for flowlines and jumpers, and we continue to collaborate towards the same success with risers. We now welcome and encourage Strohm to progress their plans and take the next step in supporting our sector to achieve our carbon footprint goals.”

Martin van Onna, Strohm’s chief commercial officer, added: “For the past 13 years, we have been at the forefront of bringing disruptive, enabling TCP technology to the marketplace. As the originators of TCP, we see its acceptance accelerating every day. 

“This success has evolved from working closely with our clients, partners and operators, taking their requirements as a starting point for our product and technology development and focusing on reducing their total installed and life-cycle cost. We are delighted to now add sustainability to that list. Through our products, actions and name we show our commitment and we look forward to engaging with our clients moving forward as Strohm.”