This largest extruded pressure HDPE pipe in the world will be delivered to a power plant project in Ghana, for offshore intakes and outfalls for a cooling water system. The investor is Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (“TAQA”), through their subsidiary in Ghana, “Takoradi International Company”. Pipelife’s customer is the Korean power EPC contractor Kepco E&C Inc.
Already several years ago the demand for bigger dimension pipes was foreseen. Due to the high market potential and to reinforce Pipelife’s number one position in the business of long length large diameter PE pipes, a major step was taken and the Pipelife Group decided to invest in a 2.5m extrusion line in our Norwegian plant in Stathelle. Together with the suppliers, the line was installed at the beginning of the year 2012 and the official production started on February 14th. Since the first day the expectations were fully met and only high quality pipes have been produced.
Up to now only LLLD PE pipes in the dimension 2.1m were continuously produced on the new, impressive line for the Morocco project. After signing the contract, the extrusion of the 2.5m pipes will be started as of December 2012 and the delivery of the pipes to Ghana is scheduled for June and August 2013. Already those two projects underline the importance of Pipelife’s investment in the 2.5m extrusion line.
Pipelife is the only company in the world with the capability to deliver long length large diameter HDPE pressure pipes up to 2.500 mm diameter. The long length pipe concept is especially suitable for marine applications, which are based on towing the pipes from the Pipelife plant in Stathelle / Norway, directly to the (marine) installation site. By sealing off the pipes in both ends with PE end plugs or flange connections, the closed pipe sections can be towed by tugboat to the required destination.