The technological evolution in the offshore sector points out a trend towards an increasing use of high strength steels (grade 80ksi and higher), for both pipelines and risers. Pipeline specifications for deepwater offshore fields demand developments in design criteria (i.e. limit state design), welding, installation, and laying technologies. As long as the market goes deeper in offshore exploration and production, the market trend is to use heavier pipes in steel grade X65/X70 and some technological limits from several fronts are faced and more attractive becomes for the market to have a lighter high strength 100ksi seamless steel grade. The joint industrial program (JIP), termed “Seamless 100 ksi weldable” launched by Tenaris in order to address the complex design issues of high strength Q&T seamless pipes for ultra deep water applications has been finalized. The 100ksi steel grade has been achieved in two wall thickness 16 mm and 25 mm. The main results from both phase I devoted to the development and production of seamless pipes with minimum 100ksi and phase II devoted to evaluate the high strength seamless pipe weldability will be addressed in this paper. Main microstructural features promoting the best strength-toughness results obtained from phase I and the results from phase II, where the heat affected zone (HAZ) characterization made using stringent qualifying configuration such as API RP2Z and the promising results after qualifying the girth welds simulating a typical offshore operation and the Engineering Critical Assessment for installation will be addressed. The results from this development are of interest of all oil & gas companies who are facing as an output from the design project analysis the need to have high strength seamless pipes.

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