Site Coated Small Pipeline

Site Coated Small Pipeline

Pioneering New Pipeline Coating With 100% Solids Polyurethane - Project BPCL Haldia

Site Coated Small Pipeline

During Dec 2000, Amchem executed a project for external coating of Approx. 5 Km of 24" Dia and 16" Dia Pipeline for M/s Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd (BPCL), through M/s Expo Gas Containers Ltd, at site in Haldia using Purethane®, 100% Solids Polyurethane Coatings.

The first of its kind project involved blast cleaning of the individual pipe sections using Granulated Copper Slag to SSPC SP-10 Near White Finish and coating with 1000 Microns of Purethane® , 100% Solids Polyurethane Coating. Amchem made extensive use of automation for the project to ensure high quality and output.

Blast Cleaning

A 10 MT , Multiple Nozzle, Bulk Blasting Pot with the highly acclaimed Schmidt Thompson (USA) valves and controls were deployed for the job - a first for India ! 3 No's X 11 mm Polyurethane - TC nozzles were used for simultaneous blasting. A surface profile of 100 Microns + ( Range 100-130) was obtained against the 50-75 specified. Blasting output at 80-90 sq. metres / hour was 60% faster than manual blasting using similar sized nozzles. Blast cleaning obtained was very even and approximated a "White " finish. High precision variable speed drives controlled the pipe spinning and nozzle travel rates.


The pipes were coated on similar automated pipe beds using GRACO HYDRA CAT (USA) airless spray equipment. The coating speed was approx. 140 sq. metres per hour which translated to approx. 10 minutes / pipe. The coating was very even with a thickness of 42-44 Mils (1050 to 1100 Microns ) against the 40 Mil ( 1000 Microns ) specified. 100 mm wide areas was left on pipe ends for pipe girth welds at installation site. A holiday free coating was provided. Adjacent picture on the right shows holiday testing ( at 6,000 V ) in progress . After a short ( one or two day ) curing period, the coated pipes were transported to the nearby ( 2 Km ) installation site.

The operation of a mobile "pipe coating plant " near the installation site results in huge savings in transport and handling costs. Purethane has outstanding resistance to impact and abrasion damage and suffers no damage during handling.

Purethane coating was manually sprayed on the girth welds areas after blast cleaning. This is a very fast operation compared to conventional joint coatings such as shrink sleeves with several hundred joints possible in a day. The joint coating is a continuation of the pipe coating with no discernable discontinuity between the morphology of the two. Molecules of each link into a homogenous barrier affording equally strong protection over the field weld as well as over the pipe. The pipe was installed in adjacent marshy area.

Due to its excellent Volume Resitivity of >4.0X 10 14 Ohms / cm, Purethane requires the lowest current density for achieving protective potentials - thereby allowing large savings in cathodic protection costs. Install the highest quality coating for your future projects ........ and save money too !

Purethane is ideal " on-site " coating for new pipelines as well as for re-habilitation of existing ones.

For large projects, Amchem recommends plant applied coating on skew conveyors using snap set grades of direct to metal Purethane® PLX and NXT. Daily productivity of 6,000 Sq.metres or more can be achieved with this system

We will be happy to provide turnkey installation on your upcoming projects!

Shomendra Mann
Amchem Products Pvt. Ltd
A-79. Sector 58,
NOIDA 201 301, India
Tel : 0120 - 2580121 / 4325540
Fax: 0120 - 2581351
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