We discussed recently the magnitude of the pipeline system [hyperlink] and the benefits we enjoy as a result, so I think it’s worth expanding on what these behemoths must bear in order to serve our shipping needs.
America is home to 2.3 million miles of pipelines that transport petroleum, sewage, slurry water, and ever beer. Envision that for a moment. 2.3 million miles—the American pipeline could wrap around the earth over 80 times.
According to the US Department of Transportation, to match the shipping capacity of even a modest pipeline, we would need “a constant line of tanker trucks, about 750 per day, loading up and moving out every two minutes, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”
The majority of pipelines carry hazardous liquids or gas and, for safety and sightly-ness, they often reside underground. This means they must withstand enormous pressure as well as the relentless forces of water, ice, soil, and roots. If left unprotected, pipelines can physically crack or corrode over time.
Pipelines are not only vulnerable underground—the process of transferring and installing them has damaging effects as well. Because of potential risks, many oil and gas companies coat their pipes before moving them to the install site.
One company in particular needed to transport a pipeline .6 miles in length. The route to the install site forced the pipeline under a highway and a canal. They applied a standard paint coating and proceeded to drag the pipe several miles underground. The pipe emerged with substantial damage on the outer coating.
Before the next attempt, they applied SolarShell fiberglass laminate as a protective layer. The difference was clear. This time, the pipe emerged with no sign of damage. SolarShell not only reinforced the seams and overlaps, but protected all .6 miles of the pipeline.
Because SolarShell cures quickly and can be applied by hand without any special equipment, the oil and gas company enjoyed quick turnaround on this project. Plus, the laminate allowed the pipe to flex and bend without cracking, making the install just as easy as the application.
Bend it, drag it, bury it. With a protective layer of SolarShell, our invaluable pipeline system can stay strong. Even if you don’t work with miles of pipeline, SolarShell can protect the cornerstones of almost any industry. That being said, I’ll leave you with an SAT-style analogy (which hopefully doesn’t conjure up memories of teenage test-day frenzy).
Pipelines : Oil and Gas ::
_______ : Your Industry