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
 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.

SOURCE Aspen Aerogels

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