Fiberglass is on the rise in pipeline construction – even and especially in the chemical industry. This is because the material is not only corrosion-resistant, but also insensitive to heat and force. Low weight and advantageous processing properties enable fast assembly processes that bring price advantages.
The pipes of the Zeitzer fiberglass pipe specialist Fiberpipe are manufactured in conjunction with worldwide partners and are fully compatible with existing systems due to their ISO dimensions. Custom-made products are also part of the core business.
The following examples show how fiberglass pipe systems and components have established themselves in the chemical industry.
The company: The Ingolstadt power plant of E.ON-Kraftwerke GmbH is operated with heavy heating oil. The blocks each have a capacity of 386 megawatts and are mainly used to cover peak and medium loads.
The problem and its solution: Short-term work is necessary from time to time in the power plant blocks. Flexibility, the ability to assemble under the highest safety requirements and speed were decisive for the choice of the contracted service provider. If unforeseen repairs are to be carried out in the flue gas desulphurisation, these must normally be carried out immediately, during operation and, if necessary, with protective equipment. Fiberpipe provides the repair service with contractually agreed lead times of up to 24 hours. Fiberpipe’s standard pipe system is designed according to ISO dimensions. In addition to the full compatibility of the various pipe systems, the advantage is the usability of standard components as brackets. The fact that the lightweight GFRP pipes also allow for faster assembly and processing than would be possible with conventional piping systems saves additional time and thus costs for all work. Fiberpipe also provides a similar service for the large-scale mannheim AG power plant.
The company: Lurgi AG, based in Frankfurt am Main, is one of the leading companies in the field of plant engineering and process engineering. Against the background of increasingly scarce fossil raw materials, Lurgi is working on processes for extracting fuels from biomass. In the near future, all components of plants, including wood and other residues, will be able to be recycled in state-of-the-art biofuel plants.
The problem and its solution: As a global player, Lurgi was not only looking for a system specialist for corrosion-resistant pipelines in 2006 – he should also be able to deliver worldwide. Due to its large number of partners all over the world, Fiberpipe met the requirements profile. Whether pipelines for fire extinguishing and cooling water or transport lines for acids and alkalis – Fiberpipe ensures that the desired products are available not only in Europe, but also in North and South America, Asia and Australia at short notice.