- R&D 100 Awards
2014 R&D 100 Winner Increasing demand for oil as an energy source and sustained prices of oil on the world market are driving offshore oil producers to seek new finds further offshore. One challenge with deep-water projects is that the emerging oil is much hotter than the surrounding sea, which is near freezing, and needs to be kept warm as it flows through subsea flow elements and pipes to prevent blockage. As a result, flow systems on the seafloor are typically insulated. The Oil Gas & Mining R&D Div. of The Dow Chemical Company has commercialized an innovative new insulation product that can be used in projects that see oil temperatures up to 160 C.
A full end-to-end subsea insulation system, the NEPTUNE Advanced Subsea Flow Assurance Insulation System offers the widest installation and operating temperature range of any wet insulation product on the market (-40 to 160 C), as well as mechanical properties that are designed to accept the rigors of subsea installation. Two layers provide this level of protection. A Fusion Bonded Epoxy Anti-Corrosion Coating made of a sprayed and cured solid powder protects the substrate from saltwater corrosion. And the Flow Assurance Insulation Coating is made from a two-part hybrid polyether thermoset resin that can be easily cast around a pipe section or flow equipment.
Technology Insulation material
DevelopersThe Dow Chemical Company
|Mauricio Castro, The Dow Chemical Company||Dave Parker, The Dow Chemical Company||Rajat Duggal, Dow Infrastructure Comfort Energy Efficiency|
|Pankaj Gupta, Dow Oil, Gas and Mining||Kamesh Vyakaranam, Dow Infrastructure Comfot Energy Efficiency||Nathan Wilmot, Dow Infrastructure Comfort Energy Efficiency|
The NEPTUNE Advanced Subsea Flow Assurance Insulation System Development Team from The Dow Chemical Company Rajat Duggal, Principal Developer, Dow Infrastructure Comfort Energy EfficiencyPankaj Gupta, Principal Developer, Dow Oil, Gas and MiningRujul Mehta, Principal Developer, Dow Oil, Gas and MiningNathan Wilmot, Principal Developer, Dow Infrastructure Comfort Energy EfficiencyXue Chen, Dow Amines & ChelantsJonathan Fay, Dow Laminating Adhesives, Packaging and Specialty PlasticsDwight D. Latham, Dow Infrastructure Comfort Energy EfficiencyMichael Malanga, Dow Automotive SystemsKamesh Vyakaranam, Dow Infrastructure Comfort Energy Efficiency