Solvay says that it has signed an agreement with oil and gas company Baker Hughes to develop thermoplastic composite materials for offshore flexible pipes and risers.

According to the company, thermoplastic composites can be used to make flexible risers for very deep waters at a lower cost than conventional technologies. They can weigh less than conventional equipment, and maintenance is simplified as composites do not corrode and offer improved fatigue resistance, Solvay said.

‘We believe this partnership with Solvay will accelerate the introduction of non-metallic materials in the energy industry at a time where we are increasing our focus on reduced cost and improved efficiencies,’ said Andrea Fibbi, technology executive at Baker Hughes.

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