Study of Stockpiled, Fusion-Bonded Epoxy-Coated Pipe

From JPCL, July 2020

By Keith Coulson, James Ferguson and David Milmine, TC Energy

For a major new North American oil pipeline project, pipe was originally procured, manufactured and coated, then stockpiled in large quantities at several sites. The majority of the pipe stored in the outer layers of the stockpiles was coated with a whitewash acrylic resin coating to reduce or eliminate the effects of UV degradation. The inner piping at the stockpiles was not protected, as it was determined that the overlaying whitewashed coated pipe would eliminate the influence of UV degradation. This article describes the testing program developed to assess the integrity of the coating on the stored pipe, and to determine its fitness for purpose as a pipeline coating....


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