Trelleborg’s offshore operation has been awarded a major multi-million USD contract by Mexican state-owned petroleum company, Pemex, for Elastopipe™. This will be installed on board the Abkatun A complex in the Bay of Campeche in the Gulf of Mexico.

Morten Kristensen, Business Group Director at Trelleborg’s offshore facility in Norway, says: “This is our first contract made directly with Pemex and the largest contract in our history for Trelleborg’s Elastopipe™ system. I am pleased to see that Elastopipe™ is regarded as a safe and reliable firewater system, which has resulted in Trelleborg winning this order in such a competitive market.

 “The willingness from our customers worldwide to move away from traditional piping methods to a flexible rubber-based system is positive and we have been able to optimize customer requirements across our production, engineering, sales and project management team. This will be the second, important step in upgrading the firewater systems across the entire Abkatun A complex.”

This contract promotes Trelleborg’s regard for protection, offering a system that allows the customer to continue operations safely during installation. Trelleborg’s local presence and global reach enables the business to provide local installers and materials, simultaneously offering customers the expertise and resources of a global company. Working with Jahnsen Business Consulting & Corporate SA de CV (JBC), Trelleborg’s agent in Mexico, has allowed for seamless communication between Pemex and Trelleborg due to JBC’s great knowledge within the Mexican Oil and Gas industry. This has been a key factor contributing to the contract award.

This project represents an important way for Pemex and the Mexican authorities to demonstrate their high regard for safety on board offshore platforms. Oscar Moran, Pemex states: “We are looking forward to working with Trelleborg and JBC to further implement the Elastopipe™ system on board the Abkatun A complex.”

Elastopipe™ is a patented flexible piping system developed for transporting a variety of fluids and is known for its corrosion-free, explosion, impact and jet fire resistant properties. This next generation piping system uses synthetic rubber instead of traditional materials and incorporates the only piping material approved for offshore deluge systems that has survived sequential explosion, impact and jet fire testing. 

Pemex is a Mexican state-run company operating the Abkatun A offshore oil complex, consisting of seven platforms, located in the Bay of Campeche in the Gulf of Mexico.