Water Journal : Water Journal May 2015
MAY 2015 water 91 water Business VICTAULIC TEAMS UP WITH PIHA TO IMPROVE PIPELINE CONSTRUCTION Victaulic has joined forces with Australia's largest multi-disciplinary pipeline construction company, PIHA, to refine the process of HDPE-lined steel pipelines that will reduce operating costs and open up long-term growth opportunities. PIHA is now offering their HDPE Tight Fit lined steel pipe with grooved ends compatible with Victaulic original and advanced groove couplings. HDPE lined steel pipe provides the corrosion protection and lengthened life of system typically gained from HDPE pipe while increasing the strength, durability and pressure rating of the system. The grooved HDPE Tight Fit lined pipe is complemented by a range of Victaulic couplings that can be specified based on the needs of the project, making it the ideal solution for a range of applications including slurry/tailings, natural gas, water injection systems, water disposal systems, crude oil, sour and wet gas, carbon dioxide production and injection. Victaulic rigid couplings produce a joint with the same performance characteristics of a flange, but offer additional benefits to the initial installation, future system maintenance and overall project costs. “Victaulic is proud to work with PIHA, who have a first class reputation for delivering top-quality piping solutions,” said David Sharkey, Vice President Victaulic Australia, New Zealand, and South East Asia. “Victaulic is focused on providing innovative solutions that customers need to get ahead. The grooved-end HDPE-lined steel solution does just that – helping our customers meet and exceed their schedules while reducing overall installation costs.” Now more than ever industries across Australia are attempting to reduce operational costs to maintain a competitive position in the export of minerals and commodities. Pipeline construction is one area that can greatly contribute to a reduction in the total cost of ownership. Costs of pipeline installation come from two factors – materials and assembly. While material costs only slightly vary based on raw material costs, assembly costs can vary greatly based on the installation method chosen. Victaulic coupling installation is up to five times faster than traditional flanged joints by easing installation and reducing the amount of material handled, resulting in overall time and cost savings during pipeline assembly. For example, a 14”/350mm flanged joint can require up to 16 bolts and nuts to be installed, while a Victaulic coupling only requires 2 – cutting the on-site assembly time alone by 80 per cent while reducing the numbers of hands needed on-site to install. When factoring in the pipe end preparation required to weld on flanges and additional risk factors, such as bolthole alignment issues, cost savings through the use of Victaulic add up. The use of Victaulic couplings on PIHA’s HDPE Tight Fit lined pipe can also offer a more streamlined method for pipeline rotation that requires minimal system downtime, minimal on-site labour and increased safety. Unlike flanged joints, which must be fully disassembled before rotation of the pipe, Victaulic couplings can be loosened and pipes rotated within the joint without having to remove the bolts and nuts. This completely eliminates the bolthole realignment issues commonly found with flanged joints. The unique 360 degrees of rotation inherent with the Victaulic system can be worked into a tailing management plan to significantly increase the lifetime of a system while reducing the impact of regular maintenance operations, getting the system back up and running faster. DELIVERING PUMPING SOLUTIONS Call us today to discuss your applications requirements. www.brownbros.com.au Ph: 1300 4 BBENG HYDROVAR®, the modern variable speed pump drive is taking pumping to a new level of flexibility and efficiency.
Water and CSG
Water Journal June 2015