Blaze launches new flexible pipe solution and partners with Norwegian-based firm

From left - Colin Black International Manager and Howard Johnson Managing Director
From left - Colin Black International Manager and Howard Johnson Managing Director

Fire control and safety solutions provider Blaze Manufacturing Solutions has announced a new strategic partnership with a Norwegian engineering, personnel and equipment rental firm to supply Fire Protection Engineering, innovative technology and flexible pipe solutions to the market.

Blaze is collaborating with Vinje Industri AS to create a supply channel to the Norwegian sector and offer Fire Protection Solutions and its newly-developed FLEX-FLO™ modular system to clients across the North Sea.

Blaze’s FLEX- FLO™ is a modular system for the construction of flexible piping solutions.

Incorporating patent pending technology, FLEX-FLO™ has been developed primarily for firewater deluge in Asset Life Extension (ALE) and decommissioning projects, as well as new build or existing oil and gas production, chemical processing, vessels, drilling and well test heat shielding applications.

As a low maintenance, corrosion free flexible pipework solution, FLEX-FLO™ is quick to install, doesn’t require production shutdown to construct, and provides flexibility when alterations are required.

With the growing number of maturing platforms in Norway, Blaze which is now into its 10 th year will use its experience of ageing platforms in the UKCS, combined with Vinje’s expertise in the hose sector, to offer significant increases in safety and reduction in cost when compared to alternative pipework systems currently available in Norway.

Having access to the Norwegian infrastructure is important to the firm’s growing client base as it will result in multi-skilled Norwegian rope access installation teams, cloud scanning and local manufacturing capabilities for its customers.

Managing director of Blaze Manufacturing Solutions, Howard Johnson, said: “Vinje’s in-depth experience in the hose and piping sector provides a perfect fit for Blaze and where we are looking to position the business in Norway.

“Many onshore and offshore platforms are now over 30 years old and in terms of design life, they have surpassed all of the original expectations. Therefore, to further increase safety and reduce costs for our clients, we have developed the new FLEX-FLO™ system – an enhancement of our signature system, FLAMESHIELD 300™. The Blaze team is really looking forward to collaborating with Vinje and working together to expand the awareness and increase the potential of this new, innovative system.”