Context

Reducing CO2 emissions is a key target in all industrial sectors. In Oil & Gas, in July 2020, OGCI members agreed to reduce the carbon intensity of their operations by 2025 to between 20 and 21 kg of CO2 per barrel of oil, from a baseline of 23 kg in 2017.

Vallourec has long been committed to reducing the CO2 emissions of its own processes. And Vallourec already offers low-emission solutions to its customers and is developing new ones.

The development of new technologies such as digital, IoT, acoustic, nanotechnologies as well as non-destructive testing are paving the way for further opportunities to add extra features to Vallourec products and services and, thus, reduce our customers’ CO2 footprint.

In this context, Vallourec would like to identify new solutions by selecting and working with innovative start-ups, laboratories and companies to enhance its products and contribute to reducing its customers’ carbon emissions. Along the entire value chain, from cradle to grave.

Technical challenges
Enhancing bonding at pipe-cement interface

Propose solutions and/or technologies to ensure no leaks and mechanical performances for the long term :
• To ensure sustainable pipe/cement bonding (i.e. through such as surface structuration, nanotech coating, etc).
• To monitor the bonding (acoustic coupling, IoT, etc)

Applications: Decommissioned cemented O&G wells, CO2 or H2 storage wells, as well as civil construction and foundations.

Ensuring a 2nd life for pipes and steel

Propose solutions and/or technologies to make sustainable and economically viable the reuse of pipes and steel :
• Mobile solutions to identify steel and condition
• Mobile solutions for pipe decontamination
• Innovative applications of pipes in their 2nd life
• Solutions to improve efficiencies and reduce cost of transportation

Applications: All seamless steel grades used in O&G and in all industries

Solutions related to the above challenges will be considered and studied in priority. However, all proposed solutions will be taken into consideration.

General specifications
  • The submitted solutions must be designed for the following applications :
    - Solutions to the first challenge are more specifically for Oil & Gas and decommissioned cemented wells, storage wells of CO2 or H2, for very long-lasting cement-pipe bonding for civil construction and foundations.
    - Solutions to the second challenge are for seamless steel pipes: OCTG casings and tubing and/or pipes for line-pipe applications (risers, flowlines) and/or seamless steel pipes and profiles for industrial applications.
  • The submitted solutions must withstand the specific environmental conditions of the applications and operations it is designed for.
    - More detailed information on the environmental conditions of the challenge “ensuring bonding at pipe-cement interface” as well as for the second challenge are available at Vallourec at Laurent.Delattre@vallourec.com
  • Total cost of the solution (including the cost of implementation of the pipes and the cost of on-site installation if any) is a major criteria.
  • Prototypes of the solution shall be fabricated for tests in a representative environment within 18 months.
  • The solutions must be submitted by 2020, October 13 latest. The applicants of the best 4 solutions will be invited to pitch their solutions to Vallourec teams and top management on 2020, October 27.