17/04/2020 - R&DVallourec aims to innovate constantly to meet its clients’ demands for tubular solutions for challenging oil & gas market projects. For the past two years, our teams in France, Germany and Brazil have pooled their expertise and resources to tackle a key challenge: the development of a high strength, corrosion-resistant X80 steel grade for application in deep water sour conditions.
The high strength, low alloy X80 grade developed by Vallourec enables the use of lighter pipelines in ultra-deep waters, reducing consequently the installation costs.Laurent Ladeuille R&D Manager
An international team to deliver a single X80 grade worldwideVallourec decided to bring together an international X80 product development team to ensure it met other key clients demands: a unique worldwide product.
The whole idea behind the One X80 project was to ensure that clients get exactly similar mechanical and corrosion properties from a tube ordered from Brazil as well as a tube ordered from Germany.Florian Thebault R&D Engineer
The larger array of talents and skills is positive as they cannot be found in a single individual only. In addition, the team has supported and enhanced the skills and learning processes of each of its members, bringing out the best of them.Ana Carolina Vilas Bôas Engineer
A highly technical product demanding specialist expertiseOne reason for the large number of people on the project was its complexity. Florian cites one example:
Promising results and a lasting cultural impactWhile additional industrial trials are necessary before X80 can be marketed, the project was presented at Rio Oil and Gas in 2018 and Rio Pipeline in 2019, and has received positive feedbacks from EPCIs and operators based on initial technical results as stated by Vicente Trindade.
It’s strategic for Vallourec to be well positioned in the frontline of the Oil & Gas market considering potential future demands. It will be relevant for some of the challenging upcoming projects in Brazilian pre-salt fields.Livia Mangualde PLP Industrialization Manager