Fuel-Flex’s professional service team’s skillset includes:

  • Low and high pressure hose testing
  • Borescope (camera inspection)
  • Inspection
  • Maintenance
  • Recertification

Fuel-Flex was recently contracted by a client to carry out Inspection, Maintenance and Recertification (IMR) of 31 high-pressure drilling hoses from a SAIPEM 12000 drillship.

The drillship was in the port of Coega for repairs before departing to carry out a drilling programme in Mozambique.

  • The high-pressure drilling hoses needed to be recertified before the drillship could go out on contract.
  • Hose lengths ranged from 7 metres to 36 metres with weights of up to 2.5 tons.
  • Pressure tests carried out were in line with the Original Equipment Manufacturer’s set guidelines for recertification.


  • Cleaning of stainless steel cover
  • Visual inspection of outer carcass of hose
  • Inspection of end-fittings
  • Borescope (camera visual) inspection for damage in hose


  • Repairs carried out on rubber outer carcass with Belzona chemical repair kit
  • New stainless steel repair carried out up to 2.5 metres
  • Smaller repairs carried out with Band-It strapping


  • Pressure testing of each hose; one hour hydrostatic test up to 22 500psi
  • Chart recorders used to record pressure and time
  • Reports written for every hose and signed off by customer
Continental Contitech
Dunlop Oil & Marine

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