Pipeline Construction Is Not As Simple As It Looks

Date posted: December 20, 2016

To the untrained, a pipeline seems to be an uncomplicated piece of infrastructure compared to something like an electricity sub-station or the Sydney Harbour Bridge. After all, it looks simple enough. Dig a big trench and drop in a length of pipe; connect it up to a water supply and hey presto! – fresh water.

Pipeline Construction Needs Professional Expertise

It may come as a surprise then, to find out that the whole process, from beginning to end, is quite complex and very technical. Pipeline construction is expensive and mistakes are costly. To bring in such a project on time and within budget requires professional knowledge, skill, experience and an understanding of the various qualities, as well as the grading of different types of piping.

We are pipeline installation specialists working predominately in the mining, gas and mineral processing industries. Our company, Reay Services Group, provides coal seam gas extraction and dewatering services, and we operate in remote and difficult locations throughout Australia.

Expert Knowledge of Materials and Grading Prevent Pipeline Failures

Our work involves the supply, construction and installation of several different types and grades of pipeline. It is our job to know what these various materials and grades mean, and how they should be applied to the projects we are working on. Once a pipeline is installed and operational, any failure at any point along the line will be dangerous and expensive, so we apply the highest professional engineering standards to what we do.

HDPE – DICL – What Do They Mean?

There are several different types of pipeline we use regularly, starting with HDPE (high-density polyethylene). This is a petroleum product with a high strength-to-density ratio that is suitable for use where resistance to corrosion is important. DICL (ductile iron) pipeline is typically used in potable water, non-potable water and sewer systems. There are various coating and lining options, and variable size and pressure ratings.

Pipelines Transport Potable Water, Industrial Waste, Oil and Gas

Fibreglass reinforced pipe is another product used in infrastructure construction, including the conveyance of potable water, irrigation water, sewage and industrial waste. StormPRO is the brand name of a twin-wall, corrugated polypropylene piping designed for non-pressure drainage and sewerage applications.

While some of these may not be familiar to the average person, steel piping has been around for a long time and used for countless applications. Large diameter steel pipe is used to transport natural gas to a storage facility or larger main pipeline.

Expert Knowledge Needed to Understand Diversity in Materials and Use

This is just a sample of the functions performed by pipelines. Because the uses are so diverse, it is vital that we as the suppliers and installers know which type of pipe is best for the product being transported, the terrain involved and the conditions under which the pipelines will be laid.