Blog: Why polyurethane outperforms for onshore pipelines
As it does in many categories, BASF enjoys a market-leading position in the oil and gas industries for pipeline support and protection.
In the first of a new series of oil-and-gas focused webinars, BASF oil and gas expert Karl Gust explains why specially formulated polyurethanes have gained a reputation for durability and speed of installation, and how these characteristics lead to improved job sites and better end product.
Here, Karl sits down with the BASF blog team to answer our top three questions about polyurethanes for onshore pipeline support.
What’s the No. 1 thing people don’t know about polyurethane applications for onshore pipeline support?
KG: The importance of qualified installers. The benefits of polyurethanes for onshore pipeline support are significant, but you have to use the material correctly in order to achieve the best results. For example, ratio control for the two-part polyurethane is extremely important: a qualified installer knows how the foam should perform and what it should look like, so the final product turns out as intended. Select an installer with credentials and a track record!
What would you say to a company that is unsure about changing to polyurethanes from more traditional materials, such as sandbag breakers?
KG: Do the math! Foam can be installed faster and more efficiently than sandbags – and no one ever has to enter the ditch. If you’re concerned about converting to foam and have questions, don’t hesitate to contact a BASF representative and/or one of our qualified installers. With hundreds of thousands of hours on job sites all over North America, we will be able to help you determine if polyurethanes are the right choice for your application and environment.
Can you tell us about one or two of the projects currently incorporating polyurethane materials for pipeline support?
KG: The Ruby Pipeline project stretches 680 miles from Wyoming to Oregon and is owned and operated by Kinder Morgan Inc. The work was contracted through Associated Pipe Line Contractors Inc. and Rockford Corporation. The REX project, one of the largest pipelines ever constructed in the U.S., stretches almost 1700 miles from northwestern Colorado to eastern Ohio; the work was contracted through Associated and Price Gregory. REX is a joint venture of Kinder Morgan, Sempra Pipelines and Storage and ConocoPhillips.
If you’d like to find out more about BASF polyurethanes for onshore pipeline support, please watch the webinar or contact us to find out more!