Partnerships & Alliances

Research co-development plays an important role in our innovation and technology strategy, delivering out-of-the-box thinking.

See below some of our main partnerships and alliances:

* Multitude of other partnerships and alliances apart from the ones listed above

Technip and Air Products’ hydrogen’s alliance

With 50 years of hydrogen technology experience, Technip holds a global leadership position in this market. Technip’s success stems, in part, from its alliance with Air Products, a leading supplier of hydrogen to refineries and petrochemical plants. The end-users consider "over-the-fence" hydrogen as advantageous compared to building and operating their own plants.

The global alliance, which started in 1992, has been formed to meet refining industry demands for outsourced hydrogen to make cleaner burning transportations fuels. Through it, Technip supplies design and construction services for hydrogen plants and Air Products provides the gas separation technology.

After jointly developing 35 plants with a total installed hydrogen capacity of over 2.3 million normal cubic meters per hour, the alliance celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2013. Today, it is recognized as the longest and most productive global hydrogen alliance supporting the oil and gas industry.

Technip is proud to be a member of this alliance. The valuable feedback we have received from the plants designed for Air Products, coupled with Technip’s high standards in design and engineering, have improved long-term operations, where reliability over the years is the main focus.

Thierry Pilenko, Chairman and CEO

To learn more about this alliance, read our article “Air Products and Technip’s Hydrogen’s 20-year alliance” in the issue n°3 of Tomorrow, our technology magazine.

Badger licensing, a joint venture with an affiliate of ExxonMobil Chemical Company

Badger Licensing LLC is a 50/50 joint venture between affiliates of Technip and ExxonMobil Chemical Company offering technology in the area of phenolics to produce cumene and busphenol-A (BPA) and in the area of styrenics to produce ethylbenzene and styrene.

Rooted in a rich Boston history, Badger's legacy dates back to 1841, evolving from what was once a coppersmithing firm into a leading provider of aromatics alkylation, styrene and bisphenol A technologies worlwide.

To learn more about this joint venture, read our article “Badger licensing: commercializing innovative technologies” in the issue n°6 of Tomorrow, our technology magazine.

Technip’s partnership with French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA)

In 2014, Technip renewed its technology partnership with France’s CEA firstly signed on November 2011. The Commission is a renowned expert in material sciences and robotics, especially for applications in hostile and inaccessible environments.

Technip’s collaboration with CEA has led to breakthroughts in real-time pipe monitoring using miniature embedded sensors, or to the development of a collaborative robot to perform one of the flexible end fitting difficult and labour intensive mounting operations.

This agreement demonstrates the commitment of Technip to remaining at the leading edge of technology and innovation. Building the Future is a core value of Technip and differentiation through technology has always been and will always be a primary vehicle to support that core value.

Thierry Pilenko, Chairman and CEO


About the CEA

Based at the heart of a very strong scientific, industrial and academic environment, located in Paris and Grenoble (France), the Technological Research Division at CEA (DRT) is focused on the development of new technologies in the fields of energy, transport, health, information and communication.

The CEA-DRT, the largest French Research and Technology Organization (RTO), is on the cutting edge of the technological research and has a very active role in transferring knowledge towards industry.

Technip and FMC Technologies: revolutionizing subsea field architecture

Technip and FMC Technologies Inc. signed in 2015 an agreement to form an exclusive alliance that will redefine the way subsea fields are designed, delivered and maintained.

This alliance is uniquely positioned to deliver and install a seamless subsea infrastructure from seabed to topside by eliminating interfaces and by integrating SPS with SURF, attaining the highest reliability and uptime and the lowest total ownership cost available in the industry.

This agreement also launched Forsys Subsea, a 50/50 joint venture that unite the skills and capabilities of two subsea industry leaders.

In today’s fast-changing environment, clients require closer relationships with, and more integrated solutions from, their partners of choice. This imposes a new way of working in the industry.

Thierry Pilenko, Chairman and CEO

About Forsys Subsea

By combining the industry-leading technologies of the parent companies, Forsys Subsea will reduce the interfaces of the subsea umbilical, riser and flowline systems (SURF) and subsea production and processing systems (SPS). It will also simplify the seabed layout, reducing complexity, accelerating time to first oil, and maximizing sustainable peak production.

To learn more about Forsys Subsea, visit their website.

The Technip-Heerema alliance

Late 2012, Technip and Heerema Marine Contractors (Heerema) announced the signature of a five-year exclusive and worldwide alliance agreement where both companies will combine their capabilities to help their clients best attend the fast growing subsea ultra deepwater market.

These developments have significant challenges for our clients, which the alliance of Technip and Heerema addresses:

  • Increasing size and complexity of ultra-deepwater projects require extensive project management skills and execution track record,
  • Complexity of deepwater reservoirs requires technology investment to optimize field design and provide solutions for high pressure, high temperature or highly corrosive hydrocarbons,
  • Deeper water and heavier pipes increase pipe-tensioning and installation requirements of specialized pipe-lay vessels.

The alliance furthers Technip's strategic objective to broaden its portfolio of capabilities in Subsea, building on our capex program and the acquisition of Global Industries to cover environments from ultra-deepwater to shore.

To learn more about this alliance, click here to discover our brochure and read our article “Technip and Heerema addressing the subsea ultra deepwater market” in the issue n°6 of Tomorrow, our technology magazine.

Technip and IFP Energies nouvelles agreement

In 2014, Technip renewed, for 5 years, a framework agreement with IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN) - a public-sector research and training center - to respond to the new challenges of the ultra-deep offshore developments.

This alliance builds on more than 40 years of close collaboration between Technip and IFPEN and focuses on developing technologies for flexible and rigid pipes as well as umbilicals.

The renewal of this partnership paves the way for continued collaboration on ongoing initiatives such as the anti-H2S polymer sheath for flexible pipes, or risers with composite carbon fiber armor, which both enable Technip to address the challenges associated with ultra deepwater projects.

This partnership covers new areas of research such as flow assurance and asset integrity management to optimize life-of-field services.

The agreement leverages the expertise of IFPEN’s applied research teams and the Institute’s industrial-scale testing facilities.

About the IFPEN institute

IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN) is a public player in research and training. Its scope is international and covers the fields of energy, transport and environment. From research to the industry, technological innovation is at the heart of its action.

Strategic partnership between Technip and Serimax

Early 2016, Serimax, a Vallourec subsidiary, world leader in offshore & onshore welding solutions, and Technip signed an agreement in principle in order to achieve a strategic partnership in the domain of pipeline welding.

Technip and Serimax will combine their expertise and will deploy the Serimax welding technology at Technip’ spoolbases and S-lay vessels.

This will allow both partners to:

  • offer high end competitive capabilities to address operators’ capital investment constraints for future projects;
  • invest in joint R&D programs and innovative reel-lay welding solutions to meet the growing technical challenges of projects;
  • increase operational performance through enhanced productivity, improved scheduling and higher integration of the value chain.

Combining our domains of expertise, we believe that Serimax’s deployment on our spoolbases and S-lay vessels will enable us to offer to our clients a harmonized solution with greater operational repeatability. This partnership is part of Technip’s strategic focus on technology, a key differentiator to contribute to costs optimization on projects.

Hallvard Hasselknippe, President Subsea

About Serimax

Subsidiary of Vallourec, Serimax is a full service welding company offering an integrated welding solutions for operations on land and at sea, in the most extreme conditions and challenging environments, whilst being tailored to the specific needs and requirements of its clients.

To learn more about this alliance, read our article “Joining forces with welding world leader Serimax” in the issue n°8 of Tomorrow, our technology magazine.