flexlife Launches Early Warning System for Subsea Sector

flexlife has launched a new product to market that will help maintain asset integrity and safeguard the environment.

flexGuard incorporates flexlife's award-winning ultrasonic scanning technology in the form of a collar permanently fitted to flexible risers. The company forecasts flexGuard will generate additional revenue of £11.4million by 2014.

The subsea riser monitoring tool provides the operator with instant, continuous access to the condition of any riser remotely from any location in the world – ensuring a fail-safe early warning system providing major cost and safety benefits.

It incorporates the latest ultrasonic and subsea communications technology and is able to wirelessly, either on command or at scheduled weekly inspection times, provide the status of the flexible pipe's annulus and underlying armor wires

flexGuard can be fitted either during installation or by retrofit to risers already in use in the field offering permanent monitoring for corrosion/breaches. The new product is being launched today (February 9) at Subsea UK 2011 with displays being staged at flexlife's stand – No B4.

flexlife CEO Stuart Mitchell said, "flexGuard is an excellent addition to the range of services flexlife provides to manage subsea integrity throughout the assets life-cycle.

"There are around 3,000 risers in service at present, with the number forecast to rise to 5,000 by 2015. Around 35% of risers suffer some form of outer sheath damage according to recent market surveys of operators. Once seawater breaches the outer sheath, corrosion rapidly follows leading to premature failures.

"Our technology can give an accurate depiction of the condition of a flexible pipe or riser, from the first stages of corrosion or degradation, allowing operators to plan maintenance in advance and avoid unplanned shutdowns. It offers a cost-effective permanent solution to monitoring and peace of mind for operators increasingly aware of their role in preserving the environment."