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Making pipes right
02/05/2012 | Channel:
Plascoat, the global market leader in thermoplastic powder coatings, has begun production of a range of high performance coatings for oil and gas pipelines.
The coatings have been designed and engineered to meet the strict requirements of oil and gas specifications (e.g. ISO 21809 PART 1). This technology includes materials that can be used on high temperature pipelines.
“With more oil being extracted from remote and inhospitable regions it is essential to choose high performance pipeline coatings,” says market manager, Mick Gribby. “Add to that the trend for pipeline operators to heat the oil up in order to enable faster flow rates down the pipe and you need a coating system that can cope with a very wide range of temperatures from minus 70 degrees centigrade to hot pipe temperatures.”
The Plascoat range of pipeline performance coatings are also easier to apply than traditional systems. The materials are engineered to be applied directly on to fusion bonded epoxy or even on to a steel substrate with no need for a separate tie (adhesive) layer.
“A really useful feature of our product range is that it can be applied by flame spray, sinter or flock spray,” continues Mick, “allowing the same coating to be used on field joints, pipe bends and valves.”