DeepFlex plans new facility

DeepFlex is establishing a new flexible pipe manufacturing and testing facility in City of Pensacola. DeepFlex signed an agreement with Offshore Inland Marine & Services (OIMO) to establish a new unbonded flexible pipe manufacturing and qualification testing facility to be located in the Port of Pensacola, Florida.

The industrial complex will have direct access to the existing deepwater quay-side, which is strategically located for optimised access to serve the flexible pipe markets in the Gulf of Mexico, West Africa, Europe and Asian regions. The DeepFlex Pensacola Plant will initially have a manufacturing capacity of 100 normalised kilometres per year of unbonded flexible pipe to serve the rapid growth of offshore developments worldwide and will deliver patented, high technology composite fibre-reinforced flexible pipes to the most harsh subsea environments.

Expected to be fully operational by Second Half of 2015, the plant’s primary focus will be the emerging ultra-deep water markets. The facility will have the capability of producing the complete product range of DeepFlex flexible pipes, including the all composite reinforced pipe structures (FFRP) and the hybrid (composite and steel) reinforced pipe (FHRP). The manufacturing site has been designed to allow for future expansion for the rapidly growing deepwater markets as well as for increasing product complexity.

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