Vipel technology joins cooling water pipeline for the world’s largest HDPE plant.
Vipel technology joins cooling water pipeline for the world’s largest HDPE plant.
The project included elbows and connectors for above- and below-ground pipe.
The project included elbows and connectors for above- and below-ground pipe.
The Vipel resin was process-friendly in the demanding desert environment.
The Vipel resin was process-friendly in the demanding desert environment.
More than 850 joints were formed in 12 months time.
More than 850 joints were formed in 12 months time.

The plant is owned by Abu Dhabi Polymers Co of Ruwais, Abu Dhabi. Engineering, procurement and contracting was under the direction of the Middle East unit of Técnicas Reunidas SA, which has headquarters in Madrid, Spain.

The pipe system conveys 36-46°C (97-115°F) temperature seawater to cool process water that is in the 40-50°C (104-122°F) temperature range. The pipe and joints were designed to withstand 11.3 bar (160 psi) of service pressure and were successfully hydro-tested at 15 bar (215 psi).

The pipe was installed by Granite Construction Co and manufactured by Future Pipe Industries Group (FPI), both of Abu Dhabi. Butt and wrap field joints that connect pipe section to pipe section were accomplished by Vayyu Composites Technologies (Pvt) Ltd, Chennai, India, a subsidiary of Vayyu LLC, Malvern, Pennsylvania, USA.

Vayyu crews resin-impregnated glass fibre woven roving mats with 270, 360 and 580 g/m densities to field-laminate 858 joints. The job involved above- and below-ground pipe ranging in diameter from 900 to 3600 mm (36-144 inches). Vayyu used 327 technicians to complete the job within 12 months.

Vipel® F013 bisphenol-A epoxy vinyl ester resin from resin supplier AOC was specified for its high resistance to corrosive attack from the hot, saline seawater. The laminating crew also appreciated the resin’s excellent wetting, handling and curing characteristics in the hostile desert environment.

“In spite of extreme temperature ranges of 10°C (50°F) during winter nights and 46°C (115°F) during summer days, the resin performed consistently,” reports G.S. Viswanath, Senior Partner & Chief Technical Officer. “The gel time was extremely predictable. We were also pleasantly surprised by the shelf life of the resin in the intense summer heat.”

Borouge 2 pipe joint summary
Pipe diameter in inches (mm) Number of joints
36 (900) 43
48 (1200) 10
52 (1300) 9
56 (1400) 14
64 (1600) 55
68 (1700) 5
76 (1900) 18
84 (2100) 88
92 (2300) 14
96 (2400) 292
108 (2700) 156
136 (3400) 143
144 (3600) 11