Business Unit Manager, Energy
Safety is a top priority at Sandvik. We have a vision of zero harm for employees and customers. Accidents can be prevented when employees stick to safety first and look at safety as the norm. With people as our most powerful asset, we encourage employees to develop a safety mindset and a ‘never walk-by’ attitude. With that, zero is possible.
In various operations, whether an oil rig or petrochemical plant, there are all kinds of hazards present. As operations become more complex, it is imperative to assess hazards and associated risks to mitigate them. Wherever we are, we want to bring peace of mind to customers with the Sandvik Peace of Mind Standard. This means no unscheduled downtime, no leaks to the environment, and no accidents.
With our deep understanding of well temperatures, pressure, sourness, and dangers of harsh conditions on decks of oil rigs, platforms, and intervention vessels, we know the mechanical and chemical properties of a particular grade of tube or other product can have a major impact on safety.
Many of our oil and gas customers drill deep into harsh environments, increasing the need for reliable, leak-free, corrosion-resistant seamless tubing. For example, our downhole casing and production tubing (OCTG) in corrosion-resistant alloys, such as duplex stainless steels and high nickel austenitic alloys, are ideal to cope with aggressive environments. While our Sandvik SAF 2507®, a super-duplex stainless steel that combines high corrosion resistance and mechanical strength, can withstand chloride-rich marine environments.
As part of our commitment to customers, the R&D team collects data about new and growing challenges facing customers and discovers ways of addressing these challenges with new or modified products and solutions. Our R&D team applies their expertise to ensure forward-thinking solutions improve customers’ productivity and profitability.
There are hundreds of stainless steel alloy options with varying material properties, each with their own strengths and limitations. Corrosion or cracking can jeopardize onboard safety, so it is important to choose the correct material depending on your specific oil and gas application.
For example, the use of duplex stainless steel to replace subsea thermoplastic umbilical tubing could provide roughly twice the strength of conventional alloys while improving resistance to corrosion (pitting, crevice corrosion, and stress-cracking). Seamless super-duplex grade Sandvik SAF2507® has become the industry standard for subsea umbilicals with no reported failures.
Whether it’s an umbilical tube, coiled tube, or control line, choosing the best material for your application can have a major impact on safety. At Sandvik, we ensure active cooperation with our customers, authorities, and industry organizations to continuously improve our products and learn from one another’s success to add momentum for our own safety journey. Zero is possible and we work towards it 365 days a year, creating a pathway to peace of mind for our customers and employees.
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By Nigel Haworth
Business Unit Manager, Energy