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Reaching new frontiers and maintaining momentum in the plastics piping market

 

Papers # 2016 Berlin

The Lake Charles Chemicals Project (LCCP) is a new chemicals plant facility and as a result, corrosion and compatibility as well as cost play a very important role in the selection of piping components. For the purpose of this case study, the focus will be the high density polyethylene (HDPE) piping system used in the construction of the site’s firewater system as part of the utilities and offsite infrastructure. This case study involves the specification, procurement, preparation, and installation of 111,190 feet (21 miles or 33.9 km) of HDPE pipe and fittings in sizes ranging from 4” to 24” in diameter.

Sasol Chemicals, a South African based company, has embarked on investments in other regions of the world as a means to reaching new frontiers in the global economy. One of these global investments involve the construction and expansion of the Lake Charles Chemicals Project (LCCP) located in Westlake, Louisiana USA. This project includes a world scale ethane cracker and six derivative units built from a variety of construction materials including plastics piping systems. This paper will present a case study on the use of plastics piping in the construction of LCCP with emphasis on the five W’s (who, what, when, where, and why) and the one H (how). In other words, who designed the system, what was the criteria and type of material, when was the system installed, where in the LCCP complex is the system being used, why was plastics piping selected, and how was it installed?

Related keywords : high density polyethylene (HDPE) piping components, Factory Mutual Research Corporation (FMRC), Factory Mutual Approved (FM Approved), Lake Charles Chemicals Project (LCCP), firewater system.
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