Steel Pipes Best for Brine Water Mains, says FT Pipeline Systems

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FT Pipeline Systems, leading supplier of steel pipes to the UK water industry, is advising the use of coated and lined steel pipes for the transportation of brine water out of salt caverns as companies look to develop storage sites for natural gas.

Underground gas storage facilities situated within salt fields, require a high specification of pipe networks to cope with both the high water pressures and the levels of corrosion protection needed.

Steel pipes, coated and lined with 3 layer polyethylene, are ideally suited to pumping water into salt caverns to clean them out. Further to this, they are the best choice for transporting the salt water back out to collection points, chemical factories or the sea. Brine main pipelines often run through rocky or contaminated ground making a high level of corrosion resistance essential for the integrity of the pipeline.

Duncan Frazer, CEO of FT Pipeline Systems said: "It is important that a pipe network to be used for the transportation of brine is constructed with the correct materials. Neither plastic pipes, nor cement mortar lined ductile iron pipes would be a viable option through aggressive ground conditions, and therefore we highly recommend the use of steel pipes. We cannot emphasise enough the importance of non-corroding pipes for their long-term performance with minimal maintenance."

FT Pipeline Systems stocks a wide range of pipes and pipeline accessories in a variety of diameters with a choice of coatings, linings and jointing solutions. For more information, please visit or call 01543 416024.

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