Matrix Embraces Third Party Certification for its Drilling Riser Buoyancy

Australia's Matrix Composites and Engineering Ltd., an engineering products and integrated services solutions provider to the oil and gas industry, announced Friday that the company embraces third party certification for its drilling riser buoyancy (DRB).

The continued search for oil and gas reserves has meant exploring ever-increasing depths. Equipment needs to perform as specified under pressures that were unheard of just a few years ago. In light of these developments, Matrix Composites and Engineering has raised the bar in terms of quality control. It is the only manufacturer in the world that has its DRB certified by a third party. This means that clients receive additional, impartial re-assurance that their buoyancy will perform as specified in the intended environment.

“It is imperative for us at Matrix to have the most thorough quality assurance processes in place. Our latest DRB modules are for use at depths of 12,000 feet - you don’t want something to go wrong down at that level,” said Matrix CEO Aaron Begley.

“At Matrix, we aim to be the industry leader in terms of quality assurance, and having third party certification is part of that philosophy. We believe that third party certification will become an industry standard in the future – but don’t want our clients to have to wait for that extra re-assurance,” adds Begley. “The decision for us to be the first and only manufacturer to do this was an easy one. We hope that makes the decision to use our products an easy one too.”

Matrix’s state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Western Australia also has its own hydrostatic testing facility with a 7500psi deepwater simulation chamber. It remains the largest of its type in the world for this pressure class, allowing testing of buoyancy systems to a simulated service depth of 17,500 feet. The simulation chamber records pressure, buoyancy loss and temperature changes over time – fully meeting the requirements of API 16F.

Matrix’s dedication to quality and performance isn’t confined to the deep. On-deck riser storage space is always at a premium, which means riser joints have to be stacked higher. Matrix conducts internal testing on its DRB to ensure they can be safely stacked without compromising their strength or rigidity.

If you would like to know more about Matrix’s testing procedures or its range of subsea buoyancy products, visit or call one of the Company’s global offices.


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