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Flexlife has been successfully contracted by Petrobras America Inc. (PAI), a subsidiary of Petrobras, to provide independent assessment services worth up to $1.4 million for a project in the GoM.
The agreement involves annulus testing of the flexible risers on the Cascade and Chinook subsea development. The initial week-long testing program will occur at the end of October and then regularly every six months as instructed by PAI, in order to ensure that consistent integrity of the risers is retained.
Flexlife’s technologies that will be available include FlexGuard, which acts as an early warning indication system that alerts to any flooding of the riser by using patented ultrasonic scanning technology; the Armadillo, specifically designed to repair damage on the outer sheath of flexible risers by creating a seal that will prevent sea water entering the riser; and FlexGel, a gel injected into the I-tubes and J-tubes in order to displace any sea water that has entered through damaged risers.