29/04/2021 - Innovation and R&DVallourec has equipped Total with a 3D printed waterbushing for the EIG well in the North Sea.
Waterbushings: essential safety componentsWaterbushings are a safety-critical component used in the oil and gas drilling industry to counter hydrocarbon kicks from wells in construction. Their strength and reliability is paramount as failure can result in equipment destruction.
This is the first time that a safety-critical component has been created using additive manufacturing in the Energy industry. It was essential for us to have the right partner and a good business case. Vallourec, as a longstanding partner, provided us with that confidence.Edwige Ravry Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) Lead at Total Manufacturing
A relationship based on trust“This project is a testament to the quality of the collaboration among everyone involved, from design through manufacturing, qualification and testing,” adds Andrew Heddle.
Benefits of additive manufacturingAdditive manufacturing presents numerous advantages in terms of supply chain agility and lead time efficiency. The method also offers freedom of shape and results in much lighter parts: the waterbushing is around half the weight of components manufactured using standard technologies.
Additive manufacturing enables us to move one step closer to the industry goal of a digital warehouse, increasing availability of crucial parts and reducing waste.Bertrand Maillon Additive Manufacturing Business Development manager
Reducing carbon footprintImportantly, AM manufacturing also reduces the carbon footprint of parts produced, enabling both companies to make progress against their sustainability objectives. In this instance, the waterbushing generated 45% lower emissions than those created through the regular forged and machining process.
Vallourec is leveraging its decades of design and welding expertise to innovate for our customers and help them reach their efficiency and sustainability objectives. This fully reflects our innovation strategy, which is to bring added value to our customers by leveraging our specific strengths.Sylvie Dubois-Decool Group Innovation Director