Thirty-six representatives from 18 TWI Industrial Member companies in North America took part in a workshop focusing on materials demands for the upstream oil sector last month.
Delegates from organisations representing oil producers, equipment manufacturers, pipeline construction and installation companies and classification societies attended the event, which was held at the Wyndham Houston West Energy Corridor Hotel, a short distance from TWI North America's Houston headquarters.
TWI organised the workshop to establish how it could best serve Member companies operating in the exploration and production sector over the next five years, including the potential acquisition of new test equipment and opportunities for joint industry projects.
A series of presentations from TWI engineers provided an update on the company's activities in the sector, including its recent investment in new high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) test facilities and its ongoing core research programs into multi-material systems, corrosion and environmentally assisted cracking, and corrosion fatigue in HPHT systems across downhole, wellhead and subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines.
Specific areas of focus included materials testing in high-pressure supercritical carbon dioxide, structural integrity issues in sour environments and the design and assessment of dissimilar joints against subsea hydrogen embrittlement.
The workshop, which was very well received, was a good opportunity for Member companies from the upstream sector to engage with TWI and help inform the direction of its research in the next few years. It is anticipated that further workshops on topics of special interest to the exploration and production sector will be held on a six-monthly basis.
If you would like to find out more about future workshops, TWI's testing capability or research for the oil and gas industry, contact us.