Gas Technology Institute to build pipeline-coating testing facility
The Gas Technology Institute (GTI), Des Plaines, Ill., Tuesday announced plans to construct a testing facility for evaluating protective coatings applied to buried steel pipelines. The facility will include a field site for in-ground testing of pipeline sections and a laboratory for detailed analysis.
By the OGJ Online Staff
HOUSTON, Mar. 20�The Gas Technology Institute (GTI), Des Plaines, Ill., Tuesday announced plans to construct a testing facility for evaluating protective coatings applied to buried steel pipelines.
The $1 million facility will include a field site for in-ground accelerated short-term and long-term testing of pipeline sections, plus a laboratory for detailed analysis of pipe and coating specimens.
Construction of the pipeline coatings test facility will begin this spring, and test operations are slated to start in September or October.
Daniel Ersoy, materials scientist in GTI's Gas Operations Technology Group, said, "The natural gas industry faces pressure from deregulation and increased competition, making it vital to reduce operating costs while maintaining safe pipeline operation."
The new facility will help the gas industry achieve those objectives, Ersoy said, adding operators of steel pipelines carrying liquid fuels or other commodities should also find test results valuable.
Currently, no national, independent, or third-party evaluation exists for evaluating pipeline coating materials and methods, Ersoy said, adding that pipeline operators rely on manufacturers' data.
Standardized data on coating materials, systems, and application methods would allow pipeline operators to compare various product offerings more easily, and would help manufacturers evaluate their coatings using uniform test methods, he said.