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Posted on June 2, 2021 by  & 

Introducing 3D Printing Under Water

Kongsberg Ferrotech announces the development of a revolutionary technology, "Subsea Additive Manufacturing for Lifetime Extension", a ground breaking project. This research and development project will be performed with SINTEF and other major industry players, and supported by the Research Council of Norway.
 
The project will allow for in-situ repairs of subsea components like flowlines and conductors, by use of additive manufacturing techniques - significantly extending the lifetime of the assets. Lifetime extension is of high importance for sustainable development and optimal utilization of resources, both in Norway and globally. The successful development and implementation of the project will represent a game-changer for maintenance and repair of subsea components. For further information see the IDTechEx report on Metal Additive Manufacturing 2020-2030.
 
For Kongsberg Ferrotech, this development represents another significant step towards "taking the workshop to the damaged pipe" - whether it is a conductor pipe in the splash-zone or a pipeline resting on the seabed - and will unlock a world of opportunities in the global markets.
 
 
The company has already developed a subsea robotic system for remote repairs called Nautilus which can be enhanced by additive manufacturing abilities.
 
"This is the start of a new industrial adventure that is of strategic importance to our company. We see a large long-term market opportunity also beyond the oil and gas industry," said Christopher Carlsen, CEO at Kongsberg Ferrotech.
 
It has been reported that that company has completed deepwater testing of the system in the Trondheim Fjord in Norway and the technology is ready to be deployed in the Southeast Asian market in Q3 2021.
 
"The collaboration with Equinor, Gassco, and SINTEF represents world-class expertise within operations of underwater installations, underwater transport systems, and research on metallic repair processes. This unique opportunity to develop underwater 3D printing for lifetime extension is an important technology leap - not only for Kongsberg Ferrotech but also for the industry," Carlsen is quoted as saying. "We plan to offer service and maintenance based on 3D printing as early as 2022."
 
Source: Kongsberg Ferrotech
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