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Airborne Oil & Gas has signed a contract with Addax Petroleum, a subsidiary of the Sinopec Group, to provide the company with two gas lift jumpers in West Africa

This will, for the first time, result in its thermoplastic composite pipeline (TCP) products becoming a permanent application in the region.

The Netherlands headquartered business will supply two 180-meter-long TCP Jumpers in an eight-week timeframe to support the operations of the Sinopec subsidiary in the Okwori field off the coast of Nigeria.

This is the first time that one of its TCP technologies has been ordered through its newly launched ‘Jumper on Demand’ service, which sees long lengths of its Jumpers being manufactured, prepared with dedicated fittings and held in stock. This allows a significantly improved turnaround of pipe supply, termination and installation at any location.

The scope of work marks this year’s second order for its TCP products in Nigeria. The first was for a TCP Jumper Spool that is expected to be deployed later in the year by a supermajor in the region.

TCP is a non-conductive, non-corrosive flexible pipe that can be easily installed from a reel by subsea pallet or off the back of a vessel, avoiding expensive metrology and reducing project throughput time. Airborne Oil & Gas’ TCP products can be (re)terminated in the field in a matter of hours, providing flexibility and de-risking the project schedule.

Tony Kirkby, Addax technical advisor, said, “The flexibility and ease of re-termination make TCP a great product for gas lift and other applications within Addax in Nigeria. It allows us to cut the pipe to length and install quickly, thereby ensuring that production is maintained with minimum disruption.”

Paul McCafferty, Airborne Oil & Gas vice-president for Europe & Africa, added, “This scope of work for Addax involves the delivery of two TCP Jumpers within a very short timeframe, which in turn provides the support the Sinopec Group subsidiary require in the most optimal way. Throughout this project, we look forward to further developing our client relationship while delivering our effective, high-quality TCP technology to support their future pipeline needs.”