Strohm wins Pipeline Industries Guild award for its subsea technology

15 July 2022

Strohm, the world’s first and leading thermoplastic composite pipe (TCP) developer and manufacturer, has won a technology and innovation accolade for its thermoplastic composite pipe (TCP) solution at the prestigious Pipeline Industries Guild Awards 2022.

The industry association’s annual event was held at the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) building in central London. The guest speakers included industry leaders such as James Harrison, Director of London Network of Cadent Gas, Paul Denniff, Network & Safety Director of SGN and Antony Green, Hydrogen Director of National Grid. 

A well-respected global authority, The Guild has been recognising companies’ contribution to the pipeline sector for more than four decades and for the last 25 years, their awards have highlighted ground-breaking solutions with their subsea, land-based and utilities technologies categories.

Strohm accepted the Subsea Pipeline Technology Award after impressing the judges with its TCP solution and new innovative fully bonded weight coating designed to keep the pipe steady during the laying process and provide stability on the seabed thereafter. 

The company has the largest track record globally for the production and delivery of TCP. It is a strong, corrosion resistant composite pipe solution with a long, maintenance free service life. Compared to conventional steel alternatives, TCP is lightweight and spoolable. It is delivered in long lengths allowing operators to use existing field support vessels on long-term charter rather than mobilising dedicated pipelay assets, delivering significant efficiencies and supporting lower emissions targets. TCP has a 100% track record of no failures, and it is also 100% recyclable.

Strohm's VP for Europe Caroline Justet said: “We are very honoured to be acknowledged by The Pipeline Industries Guild’s judges and win the Subsea Pipeline Technology Award 2022 for our unique TCP and weight coating solutions, developed to help support our clients achieve their net-zero strategic objectives. 

“Since introducing TCP to the market 15 years ago, we have built an enviable track record for a technology which delivers many advantages over traditional steel pipes. For example, our TCP Flowline eliminates corrosion and is the lowest total installed cost solution for greenfield, brownfield and hydrogen applications. It also results in a 50+% reduction of CO2 emissions, and its non-corrosive nature negates the need for any injection of chemicals related to inspection and pigging. 

“We’re very proud of producing a durable technology with a 30-year design life which can be pulled through existing pipelines with fast and robust termination in the field making it ideal for the growing CCUS market.” 

Phillip Clisham, Technical Director and The Guild’s Communication Panel Chair and Past Chair said: “Laying subsea pipelines in traditional materials normally means mobilising dedicated pipelaying vessels which is expensive and difficult in some parts of the world. The development of a thermoplastic composite pipe with a unique flexible weight coating which is fully bonded to the pipe that does not affect the bend radius of the pipe enable the pipes to be installed using existing field support vessels. The product has already been used on a 2200m flowline in Equatorial Guinea and many other applications are now being considered.” 

Strohm’s first fully bonded 2,5-inch ID, 2,200 metre TCP Flowline with the weight coating innovation was first supplied in December 2021 to Trident Equatorial Guinea to support gas lift operations at its Elon-C tie-back offshore the west coast of the Central Africa region. 

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