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Despite the recent pressures on the oil and gas industry, requirements for equipment capable of operating at higher pressures and temperatures have not subsided.  Trendsetter Engineering, Inc. has continued to blaze the trail on technology development through successful qualification of the first high pressure, high temperature flowline connection system for the subsea oil and gas industry.  Trendsetter’s TC7/5 clamp connection system has been designed, manufactured, and qualified per API 6A and 17D and in compliance with all tenets of API 17TR8 for high pressure, high temperature applications. 

In preparation for HP/HT subsea production systems, valve development has been another major area of focus.  Trendsetter has taken delivery of ten 5-1/8”- 15,000 psi slab gate valves from Advanced Technology Valve, SpA (ATV).  ATV’s 5” slab gate is the industry’s first API 6A / 17D production valve qualified to 400°F at 15,000 psi. 

Trendsetter has also commenced qualification activities for the industry’s first 5”-20,000 psi production subsea clamp connector.  Trendsetter’s TEX-5 gasket was designed with high pressure production applications in mind and thus, making the transition from 15,000 psi service to 20,000 psi straightforward.  Connector qualification is on track to complete by the end of 2016.  Trendsetter is working with ATV on development of the complimentary 20,000 psi gate valve.