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Trelleborg and Proserv in subsea tool partnership

World Pipelines,

Trelleborg is supplying advanced elastomer materials to enhance the performance of Proserv’s subsea product line in order to provide a solution to rapid gas decompression.

Seals for an expanded range of downhole and pipeline sampling tools

One of the leading global players in the supply of seals and bearings to the offshore oil and gas market, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, has supplied its XploR™ grade elastomer seals for initial testing. This is to help address the low temperature/high-pressure sealing performance of Proserv’s subsea equipment and combat the issue of sour gas chemical compatibility.

The seals are to be used in an expanded range of Proserv’s downhole and pipeline sampling tools, which are being upgraded and developed, including the Prolight, Procorro and Profisc product lines.

Daniel Grainger, key account manager at the Trelleborg Sealing Solutions oil and gas marketing office in Aberdeen, explains how industry leaders are turning to the sealing specialists in increasing numbers in a bid to overcome extreme conditions.

Environmental and safety concerns with leaks

He said: “Seal damage and observed gas leaks caused by rapid gas decompression in elastomeric seals are extremely costly with significant safety and environmental implications for oilfield operators and equipment suppliers.

“We are proud to be Proserv’s partner for sealing technology. The partnership between the two companies is a meeting of like-minded players in the oil and gas industry, both striving for excellence and pushing the barriers of harsh environments.”

L-R: Daniel Grainger, from Trelleborg Sealing Solutions UK, with Proserv's Edward Rafipay and James Simpson, holding a Type 5 Sample Bottle.

David Bird, a senior engineer at Proserv, said: “Consistent and robust sealing solutions are a fundamental requirement in the design and development of every Proserv sampling system.

“Proserv’s oil and gas division is now actively harnessing Trelleborg’s expertise in the development of projects that are tailored toward expanding our sample cylinder product range into more hostile service environments.”

The XploR™ range of NORSOK compliant elastomer materials from Trelleborg Sealing Solutions combines excellent chemical and thermal properties, with outstanding low-temperature capability – exhibiting superior high-pressure sealing performance in rapid gas decompression situations supported by independent institute approvals to standard test protocols.

Adapted from press release by Cecilia Rehn

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