Joseph L. Pikas Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Corp. Houston Use of a double-wrap tape system has proved the best choice for Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Corp. (Transco) for in situ coating on large or small diameter gas lines in service. Past application problems with polyurethane and coal-tar epoxy coatings led Transco to conclude that these systems were not cost effective for its mode of operation. In situ recoating with a double-wrap tape system, the company found, allows coating to be applied consistently and at a low cost while the pipeline remains in service. TRANSCO OPERATIONS Degradation...

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