Belforte, Gerard, Palermo, Guerra
# 2006 Washington DC
South America is a region with a fast increase in economic growth and energy needs, and natural gas represents a strategic energy source not only for producers like Argentina but also for net importers like Uruguay and source-differentiated countries like Brazil. The fast development of the economy leads to request of gas from industrial estates requiring medium pressure gas, and in these cases, PE100 pipes that can be used up to 10 bar pressure are a winning alternative to steel pipes, pushed by technology transfer from the successful European experience and the economic value provided to endusers. Detailed case studies are presented and analyzed in Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. In al these cases, PE100 / SDR 11 pipes have been produced with Eltex® orange material and installed for service pressure from 4 to 10 bar to serve both industrial and domestic users. A common feature is represented by the adoption of imported raw material combined with local production of pipes. The end-users have imposed the use of orange PE100, which comes from the same production units used by major European gas companies and guarantees a track record of test and experience in all installation and use conditions. The adoption of orange PE100 results in safe design of a perennial network combining asset management, safety and performance; and demonstrates the validity of a global model where gas industry across the world share the same needs and the same solutions to the benefit of their customers. This global supply to gas companies allows the material producer to offer dedicated assets with full leverage of quality and guarantee. The need for and the availability of natural gas is increasing in South America, together with the desire to reduce carbon dioxide emission and to preserve oil resources. We believe that plastic industry and pipe producers have an important stake in this future providing that we continue to act responsibly towards final consumers and to commit on safety and quality.