Woodside to use Titomic cold spray Additive Manufacturing on offshore gas platform

June 13, 2024

The D523 Cold Spray system can be used for repairs in the field and for maintenance (Courtesy Titomic)
The D523 Cold Spray system can be used for repairs in the field and for maintenance (Courtesy Titomic)

Titomic Limited, based in Brisbane, Australia, has announced that Woodside Energy, via Monadelphous Group, an ASX-listed service provider to the oil & gas industry, will use a D523 cold spray Additive Manufacturing machine to deposit corrosion-resistant materials on Woodside’s North Rankin gas platform in the Indian Ocean, near Karratha, Western Australia.

Titomic’s cold spray Additive Manufacturing technology uses supersonic gas to accelerate metal particles and build up strong layers of specialty metals – without any unwanted heat effects. Monadelphous will use the D523 to deposit materials such as aluminium directly onto steel and other metals without heat and without structure disassembly. Titomic has stated that it believes this will be the first on-site application of cold spray Additive Manufacturing technology in the Australian oil & gas industry of its kind.

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Additionally, this use marks Titomic’s first foray into the oil & gas sector, which the company considers to be a significant future market for its technology, particularly considering the remote nature of much of the oil and gas industry making on-site repairs and limited disassembly especially compelling.

Research conducted by the Woodside FutureLab at Monash University, Melbourne, has identified applications of Titomic’s cold spray Additive Manufacturing for effective corrosion remediation and prevention. Progression to real-world implementation marks a successful step in the research and testing of cold spray AM for corrosion resistance and repair in the oil & gas sector.

“We are thrilled to see our technology being recognised and implemented by industry leaders like Woodside Energy and Monadelphous,” stated Herbert Koeck, Managing Director of Titomic. “This partnership not only validates the effectiveness of our cold spray solutions, but also opens the door to further opportunities in the oil and gas sector.

“Having two companies of this repute as our first partners in the oil and gas sector places us in a commanding position to capitalise on the opportunities this industry could bring to Titomic,” he continued. “We look forward to a productive collaboration that will showcase the long-term benefits of our innovative technology to the world.”

The D523 will be used to deposit corrosion-resistant materials like aluminium directly onto steel and other metals without heat and without structure disassembly.

This order will be structured as a lease agreement, generating at least AU $50,000 in revenue for Titomic within the next twelve months. Although this is not significant in isolation, the successful implementation of cold spray Additive Manufacturing in a remote oil and gas environment is anticipated to generate positive exposure for Titomic and tangible evidence of the technology’s efficacy in such a globally significant sector.

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