Trelleborg’s offshore operation in the UK has received a certificate for material verification for Uraduct® under the American Petroleum Institute’s specification for flexible pipe ancillary equipment (API 17L1 Ed. 1 2013).
The verification was completed by global engineering, technical and business services organization, Lloyds Register EMEA, acting as an independent verification agent. The formal review of test results found that Uraduct®, manufactured from polyurethane, met the testing requirements for Mechanical Protection materials in accordance with API 17L1 first edition 2013 specification.
Andrew Garside, Innovation and Technology Director within Trelleborg’s offshore operation based in Skelmersdale, says: “With an ever increasing global requirement for data and product transfer, and the necessity for transfer networks to run through ever harsher environments, the demand for highly advanced cable and flowline protection grows.
“The API assessment is a comprehensive process, which put our material selection and testing of Uraduct® through rigorous analysis. Receiving the verification demonstrates the durability of our cable and flowline protection system Uraduct®, especially for long term use in demanding offshore environments.”
API 17L1 is an industry standard that determines the minimum requirements for the design, material selection, manufacture, documentation, testing, marking and packing of flexible pipe ancillary equipment. Trelleborg’s offshore operation now has certificates for API 17L1 for bend restrictors, bend stiffeners and Uraduct®.
Uraduct® is a protection system designed and developed to protect fiber optic cables, power cables, umbilicals, flexible flowlines, rigid flowlines, hoses and bundled products from abrasion, dropped objects and impact. With an established, enviable reputation as an industry standard for cable and flowline protection, Uraduct® can also be used to add ballast to cables and flowlines.