Aspen Aerogels to Insulate 21-Kilometer Subsea Pipe-in-Pipe Line in Gulf of Mexico
NORTHBOROUGH, Mass., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Aspen Aerogels has been awarded a contract from Helix Energy Solutions Group to supply insulation for a 21-kilometer subsea pipe-in-pipe line in the Gulf of Mexico. The line will be located in the Anadarko Petroleum oil discovery on the Power Play deepwater prospect on Garden Banks Block 302. Helix chose Aspen Aerogels' Spaceloft(R) insulation because it offers the lowest thermal conductivity while being much thinner than other pipe insulations. In a pipe-in-pipe line, this means the outer pipe can be smaller, saving substantially on steel weight and cost. Spaceloft comes in reinforced, flexible blanket form, which greatly simplifies installation. Helix will install the Spaceloft at its spool-base in Port Arthur, Texas, beginning in 2008. "This is the first project among many in which we hope to support Helix, providing our proven insulation materials and delivering performance where it is needed. We are happy to contribute to Helix's success on this project," said Harry Walkoff, Aspen Aerogels' vice president of sales and marketing, Hydrocarbon Processing Industries. Aspen Aerogels' insulation has been proven for oil and gas applications operating between cryogenic temperatures (for liquefied natural gas) and 650 degrees Celsius. This includes projects in West Africa, the Gulf of Mexico, the North Sea, the Canadian Oil Sands, Southeast Asia and soon in the Middle East. About Aspen Aerogels Aspen Aerogels supplies reinforced, nanoporous aerogel insulation products that are two- to four-times more effective than other insulation materials. Aspen Aerogels' insulation solutions deliver thermal and other benefits that enable customers to conserve energy and save money in a variety of industries including: oil and gas production and processing, LNG shipping and storage, outdoor apparel, building and construction, appliance, transportation, military, and aerospace. Visit www.aerogel.com for details. About Helix Energy Solutions Group Helix Energy Solutions Group, headquartered in Houston, Texas, is an international offshore energy company that provides reservoir development solutions and other contracting services to the energy market as well as to its own oil and gas properties. Helix actively reduces finding and development costs through a unique mix of offshore production assets, service methodologies and highly skilled personnel.
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