Baker Hughes and Primus Line have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate on non-metallic pipe applications to rehabilitate and repurpose existing pressure pipelines, offering their combined customer base more cost-effective options for pipeline repair and replacement, as well as the repurposing of existing pipeline networks for hydrogen and CO2 transportation.
Under the agreement, the two companies will collaborate on commercial models and joint customer offerings to drive non-metallic pipeline growth in the pipeline integrity management market.
Pipeline rehabilitation is a process in which non-metallic composite pipe is pulled through existing pipeline infrastructure to reduce the need for full excavation, trenching, and permitting. This offering aims to allow more pipeline projects to move forward by reducing project risks, minimizing community disruptions, and creating opportunities for transport of lower-carbon fuels.
“This MoU marks a pivotal milestone in our growth strategy for non-metallic composite pipes, as we continue to invest in this area and position the company in new energy frontiers to advance the energy transition,” said Hatem Haidar, Vice President of Onshore Flexible Pipeline Solutions for Oilfield Equipment at Baker Hughes. “Together we have the capability to unlock opportunity for customers by extending the life of their existing pipeline systems and offering an economic alternative for repurposing pipelines for transportation of new fuels like hydrogen and CO2.”