We use oil and gas products every day and pipelines are the safest way to deliver those products. From the time we get up in the morning until we go to bed at night, places we use oil and gas energy transported by pipeline can be found everywhere. Gas can heat our home, provide electricity and cook our food. Petroleum products made from oil power our planes, trains, and automobiles. Oil is used to harvest the crops for our food and clothing, and get them to the store.
The use of oil and gas is now much more popular than it was several decades ago. Requirements for pipelines, the indispensable transportation of oil and gas products, are thus becoming more critical.
We used to make iron and steel pipes for oil and gas transportation, and then stainless steel pipes. But metal pipelines have some fatal disadvantages.
- Steel pipes are very corrosive. These pipelines have to be protected by a corrosion-proof layer. But once the layer breaks, dot-corrosion will be inevitable.
- It is easy to cause fluid deposition in the pipe and the transportation speed is limited due to the rough inside face of steel pipes.
- Many joints are needed in metal pipes and leakage is thus easy to happen.
- The installation of steel pipelines is usually a tough work because metal pipes are often heavy. It requires a lot of auxiliary equipment and a big installation team, while the installation speed is within 2km per day.
- Every year, these pipes have to be maintained for several times.
However, when we use pipes of new materials, for example, RTP pipes, these problems are gone.
- RTP pipe never corrodes. They are made of non-metal materials for whom corrosion is never a problem.
- The service life of RTP pipelines is usually above 20 years, almost twice longer than that of metal ones.
- RTP pipe has a smooth inside surface, which promotes transportation capacity and eradicates deposition.
- RTP pipeline needs fewer joints, which additionally, prevents leakage.
- RTP pipes are much lighter than steel pipes so that the installation is relatively easier. 10km per day installation is no problem.
RTP refers to reinforced thermoplastic pipes. Generally, it is a kind of thermoplastic pipe with reinforcement layers. The reinforcement strength decides the pipe property. It is strongly recommended to use glass fiber reinforced thermoplastic tapes as the reinforcement. In TOPOLO we provide such tapes according to their tensile strength as T-UD series GPE700, GPE800 and GPE900. The tensile strength is 700MPa, 800MPa, and 900MPa. They are suitable for oil and gas pipelines of onshore works.