FlexSleeve Used for Critical South American Pipeline

A Latin American oil producer encountered a pressing challenge with its water injection pipeline, navigating a delicate balance between a high-pressure pipeline transporting contaminated water and the environmental sensitivity of a flourishing ecosystem. Faced with the challenge of transporting produced water with high chlorides at a pressure of 220 bar (3,200 psi), the client required excellent internal corrosion protection – as any metal loss from corrosion could quickly lead to a leak/rupture at that high of a pressure.

The client was dissatisfied with their existing internal sleeve product that leaked fluids to the bare steel of the weld zone under ultra-high pressures. Then their engineering team found LPS’ FlexSleeve®.

The Solution

Client engineers established an extensive testing protocol for internal sleeves. They wanted to verify there was not any sleeve coating or seal damage from the high temperatures involved with welding thick-wall small diameter pipe. They also wanted proof that the corrosive water was not going to reach the bare steel of the weld zone at the hydrostatic pressure test of 345 bar (5,000 psi).

FlexSleeve® resists welding heat better than competitor sleeves due to its width, and its self-energizing bore seals only get tighter as the pressure increases. The superior performance observed during testing at the client location led the engineers to specify FlexSleeve® for this critical water injection line, underscoring their dedication to protecting their infrastructure and the environment.

The contractor and client were satisfied with the FlexSleeve® installation and welding process and are looking forward to constructing more pipelines using LPS technology.

The Details

Not only does FlexSleeve® protect the weld zone better than competitor sleeves, joint assembly and welding proved to be fast and easy for the contractor.

The FlexSleeve® joint was successfully hydrostatic tested to 365 bar (5,200 psi) after welding.