Carbon fibre polymer pipe will recover hydrocarbons from the most challenging offshore fields
22 February 2012
Magma has developed a novel manufacturing process that produces high performance oil and gas pipes from carbon and Victrex PEEK polymer. Called m-pipe, these pipes offer improved reliability, increased performance, lighter weight and longer life than conventional unbonded flexible pipe or steel versions. m-pipe is is also more fatigue resistant, more resistant to sour service and better insulated than current products.
Charles Tavner (left) and Ed Vernon-Harcourt
Magma is building on some of Professor James Gordon's pioneering work at Cambridge on composites to develop a monolithic carbon fibre polymer pipe to deliver the world's most reliable risers, jumpers, spools and flowlines for sub-sea exploration and production. The company is working with the University of Cambridge's Department of Engineering to build their team and continue to develop their products.
Magma, which is is backed by energy specialists Kern Partners and NES Partners, employs several alumni from the Department of Engineering including Charles Tavner, the company's IP & qualification director and Ed Vernon-Harcourt, robotic production manager.