Airborne Goes Deep with Saipem Offshore Brazil

Airborne was awarded a contract by Saipem SA for the engineering, fabrication & delivery of a 2,500 meter (8,200 foot) downline for the Guara & Lula project in Brazil. The 3-inch ID downline will be used at around 2,200 meter (7,218 feet) water depth for the Pre-Commissioning of the Guara & Lula-NE Gasline Project.

By winning this contract, Airborne will deliver a composite pipe for the deepest application worldwide.

Airborne's Composite Downline has the following unique benefits:

  • Vacuum capability: The pipe can sustain vacuum during the flooding operation
  • Smooth bore with high collapse rating: The liner is fully bonded to the fibre reinforcement, resulting in a smooth bore with low friction whilst maintaining very high collapse pressures
  • Extreme light-weight: Airborne estimates that the top tension is 60% lower in proportion to a conventional flexible
  • Excellent fatigue properties: The solid wall pipe results in a proven & predictable high fatigue life for the pipe
  • Lower total cost of operation: Due to the light-weight and other benefits as mentioned, the total operation (OPEX) can be conducted more cost-effective
  • Total system integration capability: Airborne supplies the full system of Downline, Reel and Bend Restrictors, reducing the logistics and risks for the client


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