AML3D Limited, Edinburgh, Australia, has entered into a purchase order with Chevron Australia Pty Ltd – on standard commercial terms valued at AU$215,000 – to produce two subsea pipeline fittings. These will be produced via the company’s WAM® technology, a form of wire-based Directed Energy Deposition (DED), also known as Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM).
“This Chevron subsea pipeline fittings order demonstrates continuing delivery against AML3D’s growth strategy, which includes building out contract and embedded, point of need manufacturing technology solutions in the global oil & gas markets,” stated Ryan Millar, CEO, AML3D.
Under the order, AML3D will manufacture large-scale steel pipeline fittings to meet both American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and American Petroleum Institute (API) standards. Once produced, the fittings will undergo rigorous independent mechanical testing to validate the suitability of AML3D’s WAM technology for use in subsea programmes. The WAM-manufactured fittings will include materials to improve corrosion resistance in extreme and hostile environments.
This Chevron order builds on AML3D’s track record of advanced manufacturing for the oil & gas industry, including the production of the world’s largest additively manufactured verified commercial pressure vessel.
Millar concluded, “This is another important step in supporting global oil & gas customers such as Chevron. WAM can produce higher quality components, faster than traditional manufacturing, that meet stringent industry standards with better [Environmental, Social and Governance] outcomes.”