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The Forumula for a Successful Project

by ThomasW. Burker
Strategic Account Manager, Petrochemical
Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings

With thousands of pipelines spanning the planet transporting precious materials from petroleum to potable water, a comprehensive maintenance program for pipeline systems is more important than Top Ten Pipelineever before. Protective coatings play a critical role in shielding pipelines and related equipment from corrosion, keeping the systems in operation and helping to avoid leaks, failures and potential litigation. Field application can be a challenge, but this challenge can be significantly reduced with proper planning.

As a coating maintenance program is being compiled,many factors need to be considered -- budget, of course, plus local codes, government regulations and industry standards.In putting together such a program, here is a“Top 10”list of considerations. A solid,well-thought-out program can add years to the life of pipeline coatings, protecting your company’s investment and extending your maintenance budget.

1. Determine the coating service requirements. Every pipeline coating maintenance program is different. Factors include the age of the pipeline and its existing coating, the fluid it transports, its locations, the overall environments in which it exists, above or below ground… certainly, a lot of variables.

In this regard, it may be a good idea to break the project into zones and identify the individual requirements of each zone.

The following factors are key considerations:

  • Chemical resistance.
  • Abrasion resistance.
  • Impact resistance.
  • In-service temperature resistance.
  • VOC requirements.
  • Cathodic protection compatibility.
  • Pipeline insulation.
  • pH and moisture levels.
  • Local environment.
  • Mold or mildew issues.
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