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
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