The pipe grade BorECO™ BA2000 polypropylene (PP) from Borealis, a leading provider of chemical and innovative plastics solutions, was chosen for a recently completed upgrade and enlargement of a sewage network in the Czech Republic for bordering municipalities Ivancice and Oslavany.
The sewage network owners aimed to reduce leakages and the risk of groundwater pollution from the existing system. The project involved the replacement of 26 kilometres of ageing concrete pipes which were corroded and cracked, as well as an extension of the waste water network to connect an additional 15% of households.
A reliable solution to replace traditional materials: BorECO™ Polypropylene
After careful consideration and taking into account the risk of ground movements in the former mining area, the network owners chose a PP pipe solution from leading Czech pipe producer, ELMO-PLAST, a.s. The company’s EM-LINE PP SN16 solid wall pipe DN315 – DN600mm was selected for the main sewer lines and DN150 – DN200mm for the connections. The pipe material was based on Borealis’ BorECO™ BA2000, exhibiting toughness, flexibility and highest durability. The unique properties BorECO BA2000 contribute to sustainable development of infrastructure projects and ensure a long, problem-free service life.
Material of choice
BorECO BA2000 allows pipe producers to manufacture heavy-duty pipes without mineral fillers and without additional investments in new production equipment, going beyond currently available stiffness. As a high molecular weight, low melt flow block copolymer, BorECO BA2000 runs very easily on existing pipe extrusion equipment and its adoption does not involve the pipe maker in any additional capital investment. It is the only material on the market without mineral modifiers reaching an emodulus of 2000MPa while maintaining a good impact resistance. The material meets and exceeds all requirements of the newly created S14 class in the revised EN1852 standard.
“I prefer BorECO BA2000 over mineral filled PP grades,” says Mr. Martinek, ELMO-PLAST Owner. “Its high crystallinity provides a perfectly balanced combination of mechanical properties and its high modulus of 2000MPa enables the production of heavy duty pipes without need of mineral fillers.”
Investing in effective water distribution systems
Borealis has been providing advanced polyolefin solutions for pipe and fittings systems for over 40 years. This has given the company unprecedented insight into all aspects of production, installation and use, and a strong focus on customer needs.
Borealis offers the industry a range of innovative polyethylene (PE) and PP materials. These include BorSafe™ medium density PE for small diameter pipes, BorSafe high density PE for large diameter pressure pipes and fittings, as well as BorECO™ PP grades for non-pressure underground drainage and sewer systems.
“The need for preserving our most valuable resource, water, is clear,” says Jane Toogood, Borealis Vice President Business Unit Pipe. “We place great emphasis on delivering value to our customers through developing products and technologies that can help progress in infrastructure, economic development and environmental protection. A solution such as this is a direct result of the understanding we have built over the years and our involvement in the industry and its challenges.”
Borealis Business Unit Pipe
Borealis is the leading supplier of advanced polypropylene and polyethylene pipe system solutions. Through the close dialogue with our customers and stakeholders, we have developed a broad and innovative product and service portfolio over the last 50 years. Our applications cover water and gas distribution, waste water and sewage disposal, chemical and industrial pipelines, in-house plumbing and heating as well as pipe systems for oil and gas exploration and transportation. Through our close relationships with our customers and partners we strive to deliver a steady stream of innovative pipe and fittings solutions that add real value for all members in the value chain.
Borealis is a leading provider of chemical and innovative plastics solutions that create value for society. With sales of EUR 7.1 billion in 2011, customers in over 120 countries, and around 5,300 employees worldwide, Borealis is owned 64% by the International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) of Abu Dhabi and 36% by OMV, the leading energy group in the European growth belt. Borealis is headquartered in Vienna, Austria, and has production locations, innovation centres and customer service centres across Europe and the Americas.
Through Borouge, a joint venture between Borealis and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), one of the world’s major oil and gas companies, the company’s footprint reaches out to the Middle East, Asia Pacific, the Indian sub-continent and Africa. Established in 1998, Borouge employs approximately 1,700 people, has customers in more than 50 countries and its headquarters are in Abu Dhabi in the UAE and Singapore.
Building on Borealis’ unique Borstar® technology and their more than 50 years experience in polyolefins, Borealis and Borouge provide innovative, value creating plastics solutions for the infrastructure (pipe systems and power and communication cables), automotive and advanced packaging markets. In addition, Borealis offers a wide range of base chemicals from melamine and fertilizer to phenol and acetone.
Today, Borealis and Borouge have a manufacturing capacity of over 5.4 million tonnes of polyolefins (polyethylene and polypropylene) per year having recently completed a 1.5 million tonne capacity expansion in Abu Dhabi. The Borouge 3 plant expansion will be completed at the end of 2013 with a further capacity of 2.5 million tonnes per year (t/y) being fully operational in mid-2014. The companies continue to invest to ensure that their customers throughout the value chain and across the globe can always rely on product quality, consistency and security of supply.
Borouge (borouge.com) and Borealis (borealisgroup.com) are committed to the principles of Responsible Care® and proactively contribute to addressing the world’s water and sanitation challenges through their Water for the World™ (waterfortheworld.net) initiative.
BorECO, BorSafe and Water for the World are trademarks of the Borealis group.
Borstar is a registered trademark of the Borealis group.