NexGEN PIPES ADVANTAGE
Currently pipes, including composite pipes, are made in factories to lengths determined by transportation and handling restrictions and then shipped at great cost, time and potential damage. These lengths, once they finally reach their destination, will be connected with joints that can reduce pressure and cause leakages over time. Notwithstanding the extra space required for joining the pipes and the heavy machinery and manpower costs to do so.
Now imagine a system that can construct a continuous pipe, of any diameter up to 1.2 metres, with no joins, and on the site. NexGen Pipes' innovative machine uses the latest technology in composites, delivering any length or wall thickness, cured and ready to be used in less than 10 minutes. It can also make bespoke pipes to the exact specifications for the industry (including oil and gas), fluid and surroundings. Fibre optics and other communication and electrical cabling can be encapsulated with the pipeline at the same time too. Furthermore, the pipeline can be manufactured in testing weather conditions from extreme high to very low temperatures and during sand storms and high humidity.
The system will be built as part of a motorized all weather mobile walking machine, completely self contained, computer controlled and supervised by the personnel travelling with the machine.
The machine could even function on a barge delivering the all-important seamless pipeline that can be lowered to the sea or river bed.
NexGEN Pipes will produce in excess of 700 metres of pipeline per 8 hour shift, or 2,100 metres each 24 hour shift. It is envisaged that a maximum of 6 to 8 workers can operate the machine on site. Diameter reduction, bends, corners, shut off valves and IO’s can also be incorporated within the system. With larger contracts, several machines can operate simultaneously for example 10 units will produce 21 kms every 24 hours.
The system can be engineered for oil and gas pipelines to withstand most required pressure and temperatures. NexGEN also has the advantage of working vertically over a borehole where a continuous no-join pipeline can be manufactured on-site and sent directly into the bore to an indefinite depth.
During production extra coatings can be applied or impregnated into the e-glass simultaneously:
For above ground pipelines, a newly developed coating can be applied during production to enable the pipelines to be virtually impervious to outside corrosion and damage.
Special formulations can be implemented in the design to carry any fluids such as drinking water, crudes, gas, slurry and sea water.
Internal and external surfaces can also receive a ceramic coating for UV and abrasive protection.
Steel mesh & Aramid fibres can also be applied to render the pipes practically indestructible.
With added ballistic applications the pipes can be made bullet and explosion resistant.
All materials are flame retardant and chemical resistant.
NexGEN Pipes reduces the need for transport vehicles on the sea and road. Besides the machine, the only transport costs are the raw materials. For example, transporting raw materials and making the pipes on site costs approx. $542 US / meter as opposed to fixed pipes which cost $1,323 US / meter (based on a 1.07 metre pipe, with only two pipes fitting into a 12 metre container).
Air pollution and subsequent carbon footprint is minimised with 6.5 times less diesel motors required to lay the pipe as opposed to the traditional method & substantially less containerised freight required for each project.
The reduction in onsite activity is where this system is really outstanding. It greatly reduces man power, accommodation, food, medical and watering needs. It also eliminates use of heavy machinery such as cranes, welding equipment, large generators and general maintenance equipment.
In a nutshell, there is no other system that can provide all these advantages and offer continuous, no join, composite pipes.