Technip/Flexibras Flexible Products Manufacturing in Brazil

New Wave Media

February 18, 2010



Flexibras is Technip Brazil´s flexible manufacturing plant in Brazil and has been operational since 1986.

In Brazil, Technip integrates the professional experience of two large engineering and manufacturing companies: Technip Brasil and Flexibras, the flexible pipe plant located in the city of Vitoria, in the state of Espirito Santo. Present in Brazil since 1976, Technip has 2,200 employees and contributes to the development of the Oil and Gas industry.
With an Engineering Center in Rio de Janeiro and an operational base in Macaé, Technip offers services and technological solutions for the production of Subsea deepwater fields, Offshore facilities and Onshore processing units, providing full capabilities and a dedicated vessel for pipeline installation.
With state of art equipment, proven reliability and technological innovation, the flexible products produced by Flexibras have continually provided the basis for highly sucessful offshore O&G field development.
The Flexibras site in Vitoria also houses R&D test facilities, an after sales team, hose manufacturing (thermoplastic high pressure hosemanufacture unit for producing control umbilicals), a cold rolling unit and offshore base activities, allowing the load of flexible products directly onto installation vessels or on shipping vessels through use of their floating barge crane.
Flexibras manufactures approximately 450 km of flexible pipe per year (based on nominal 4´´ bore pipe). They also produce pipes from 2´´ to 14´´ ID (Internal Diameter), up to 15,000 psi design pressure and 130 degree Celcius design temperature.
Their umbilical manufacture includes umbilicals with up to 60 functions with thermoplastic hose and electrical cables and also ISU´s (Integrated Service Umbilicals).
Technip also has a spoolbase in Barra do Riacho, built in 1996, this spoolbase is ready to serve the high potential rigid pipelay Brazilian market.
Flexibras has more than 2,200 km of flexible pipe manufactured since 1986 and over 300 km of deepwater lines and umbilicals installed.
Claudio Paschoa
Photo courtesy of Technip Brazil
Paschoa, Claudio
Claudio Paschoa is Marine Technology Reporter's correspondent in Brazil.
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