Bell Oil & Gas Commissions Glass-fibre Reinforced Epoxy (GRE) Spooling Yard in Nigeria
The ability to effectively put corrosion under check whilst ensuring that oil and gas production remains sustainable is one of pronounced anxiety today. It is to corrosion that we sometimes owe the frequent well shutdown which often requires costly maintenance and work over. Also, the issue of material degradation occasioned by corrosion which manifests as leaks in tanks, casing, tubing and pipelines is another common feature in our industry.
Glassfiber Reinforced Epoxy (GRE) is a good answer to corrosion whether it is a chemical attack, microbial-induced, stray current, galvanic, sweet or sour gas or other types of corrosion. Yes! Because it does not have any metal as part of its composition, GRE pipes do not corrode. Not only that, they can handle pressure up to 3500 psi and temperatures of up to 1210 C
GRE is certainly not the only non-metallic material fabricated. However, when corrosion is linked with increased fluid temperatures or pressures, (as is the case in our industry),the fibreglass reinforcement of the thermoset plastic resin certainly puts us ahead when compared with un-reinforced thermoplastic piping products such as HDPE or PVC.
Our family of GRE products have many applications across various industries. They are very useful in chemical and industrial plants, oilfields, refineries, tank farms as well as both onshore and offshore assets. Application areas include water injection lines, gas gathering lines, flow lines, down-hole lines, portable water lines and fire water systems to mention a few.
Bell Oil and Gas (B.O.G) has been in the GRE business since 2004 when we carried out GRE installations on the Bonga FPSO. On that vessel, we deployed a team of 24, over an 18months period delivering over 100,000 man hours of work. Since then, we have continued to grow our experience and expertise, providing solutions to a wide range of esteemed customers.
Ayo Aderibigbe, Chief Operating Officer, Bell Oil & Gas, commented,
”Bell Oil & Gas is a reference point in local content development in Nigeria. This is where we are today. We have invested in this facility to boost our capabilities and position ourselves to be able to execute high value projects with high complexities and a high volume of GRE piping. This facility is the first of its kind in Africa. It eliminates the need for any company to worry themselves with importing GRE spools fabricated outside the shores of Nigeria. Doing work here will greatly increase Nigerian Content percentages on projects.”
Before now, all such spools required in Nigeria, would have been made in factories in Europe, Singapore, Malaysia, America or even the Middle East. Just think about it, Akpo FPSO, Usan FPSO, Agbami FPSO, all the platforms owned by any of the International Oil Companies (IOCs) would have been done abroad or have had a special team of people flown into the country to do the work as long as it had sections of GRE.
We have invested in this facility to boost our capabilities and position ourselves to be able to execute high value projects with high complexities and a high volume of GRE piping. This facility is the first of its kind in Africa. It eliminates the need for any company to worry themselves with importing GRE spools fabricated outside the shores of
Bell Oil & Gas is proud to announce that over the last 12 months for instance, on Total’s Ofon 2 project, Bell Oil & Gas was responsible for fabricating over 450 spools from about 2000 pieces of pipes and fittings. On the Chevron Domestic Supply Obligation (DSO) project, we were also responsible for fabricating 236 spools out of 1,206 pieces.
We are strategically positioning ourselves to be the go-to company in Africa for engineering, supply, fabrication and installation of GRE piping systems. BOG is striving to become the synonym for GRE solutions.
Source: Bell Oil and Gas.
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