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Offshore Pipelines

Flow Assurance

Flow assurance is a major issue in the deeper and colder waters where the industry typically works today.  3M’s pipeline insulation technology is specially designed to help overcome this challenge.

The high strength and low thermal conductivity of 3M™ Glass Bubbles make them ideal additives in pipeline and riser insulation. These inert particles are compatible with virtually all chemicals used in the insulating system, including polypropylene, polyuretherane and epoxy.

Applications include:

  • Flexible flowlines
  • Trunk lines
  • Catenary risers
  • Rigid risers


Type Title Size
Brochure 3M™ Glass Bubbles for Buoyancy and Thermal Insulation (pdf, 0.75MB) 
Brochure 3M™ Technologies for Flow Assurance  (pdf, 0.32MB) 
Publicity Offshore, Oct 2008: Wet insulation evolves to meet subsea flowline performance demands (pdf, 0.21MB)
Press Release Perrite first with bulk 3M™ Glass Bubble delivery (pdf, 0.21MB)
  For more information on Flow Assurance please contact us. Please telephone 0845 6076 648.

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