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Baker Hughes Develops New Flexible Pipe for Onshore Pipelines

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Baker Hughes announced Jan. 27 the launch of its next generation Onshore Composite Flexible Pipe to address the corrosion and cost of ownership challenges with conventional steel pipe for the energy, oil and gas and industrial sectors.

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The flexible, lightweight reinforced thermoplastic pipe (RTP) offers an economic and environmentally superior alternative to resource-intensive onshore steel pipes, for optimizing the core structure of flowline and oil and gas pipeline networks. A key feature of the pipe is its proven spool-able design, making it easier, faster and more cost-effective to transport and install versus steel pipe — reducing installed costs by more than 20 percent. Installation also requires fewer onsite support facilities and heavy vehicles, de-risking operations, taking up less width on a pipeline right-of-way and reducing environmental impact on surrounding land.

“This pipe is the result of our strategic investments for growth in innovative non-metallic materials,” said Hatem Haidar, global vice president of flexible pipe systems — onshore at Baker Hughes. “We are committed to supporting safer, more efficient and cost-effective technical solutions to serve the energy sectors, and non-metallics play a key role. We see flexible pipe as a vital component of today and tomorrow’s energy and industrial sectors, enabling the transport of multiple energy sources, including hydrogen and natural gas.”

Baker Hughes’ Onshore Composite Flexible Pipe offers an economic solution for the transport of carbon dioxide and hydrogen, as well as the conversion of existing infrastructure to carry gases. In addition, the pipe’s non-corrosive materials can withstand contaminants without requiring chemical inhibitors, corrosion monitoring and inspection, or disruptive repair work, significantly reducing operating expenditures.

The Onshore Composite Flexible Pipe technology draws on years of Baker Hughes’ experience in developing advanced composite solutions for the highly demanding offshore environment, now applicable for onshore and industrial customers. The composite pipe will be manufactured at Baker Hughes’ state-of-the-art facility in Houston, Texas. With a 400,000-sq-ft footprint, the facility will provide 3-4 times additional manufacturing capacity compared to Baker Hughes’ current capacity for flexible pipe solutions. The pipe will be available up to 8 inches in diameter, with a variety of liners including nylon, polyphenylene sulfide (PPS), and high-density polyethylene (HDPE), and delivering fluid pressures up to 2,250 psi.

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