Residents of five communities in the Polish province of West Pomerania are already experiencing the benefits of an improved drinking water and sanitation network thanks to an on-going project to upgrade and expand the existing system with pipes based on BorSafe™ PE100 LS-H from Borealis, a leading provider of chemical and innovative plastics solutions.
Currently more than 60% of the 281km of new pipelines for drinking water and a 219km force sewage network are in operation within West Pomerania’s Parseta river basin area, helping to meet growing community needs as well as EU standards. In many cases drinking water had been drawn directly from deep underground wells with inadequate or no treatment before the network was built. Furthermore, some of the previous pipelines were placed on asbestos cement, which is now banned in many countries as a health hazard.
The three year network renewal project, planned and overseen by the Regional Water and Sewage Company, began in November 2008. TYTAN multilayer PE100-RC pressure pipes from Polish producer Przedsiebiorstwo Barbara Kaczmarek Sp J, based on BorSafe HE3490-LS-H and BorSafe HE3494-LS-H, were selected in order to provide the required long-term service reliability and meet the cost constraints and tough laying conditions of this major project.
Owing to the mix of urban and rural environments covered by the network, the region’s water and sewerage system specialist, EkoWodrol Ltd of Koszalin, determined that both open trench installation and the more environmentally-friendly directional drilling method would be necessary to avoid disruption in the built-up areas and to preserve locations of natural beauty. Ease and therefore speed of installation, and pipe integrity to minimise potential maintenance requirements were given top priority because of the location demands and the overall large scale of the project.
BorSafe HE3490-LS-H and BorSafe HE3494-LS-H are leading edge products based on Borealis’ proprietary Borstar® bimodal technology. The materials have been specifically developed to deliver very high resistance to point loading and to slow crack growth. Pipes based on these materials have an expected service life exceeding 100 years.
Low notch sensitivity ensures resistance to cuts and abrasions during transportation and installation, making the pipes ideally suited to the demands of the directional drilling technique. The robust nature of the pipes meant rough materials excavated in trench digging could be used for backfilling after pipe laying, thereby eliminating the added cost of importing softer soils for filling purposes without compromising in-use performance.
With 185km of the drinking water network and 97km of the new sewage system now laid, the project is on target for completion in 2011. The combination of benefits has ensured speed and economy of installation without compromising in-use performance.
“We are confident that the superior performance of BorSafe PE100 LS-H pipes has created savings in installation time and therefore overall project time, and ensures a long anticipated working life for the systems, adding up to maximised investment for the Regional Water and Sewage Company,” comments Christophe Salles, Application Marketing Manager for Pipe. “Most importantly however, the five communities within the Parseta river basin can be confident of having a high quality drinking water and sanitation network well into the future.”
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 & 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 4.7 billion in 2009, customers in over 120 countries, and 5,200 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 1,600 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 experience in polyolefins of more than 50 years, 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 plant nutrients to phenol and acetone.
Today, Borealis (borealisgroup.com) and Borouge (borouge.com) have a manufacturing capacity of over 5.4 million tonnes of polyolefins (polyethylene and polypropylene) per year of which 26% are the result of a recently completed capacity expansion in Abu Dhabi. An additional 2.5 million tonnes per year is scheduled for completion by the end of 2013, creating the world’s largest integrated polyolefins plant. The companies continue to invest to ensure that their customers throughout the value chain, around the world, can always rely on superior products and security of supply.
Borouge and Borealis 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.
BorSafe™ is a trademark of the Borealis group.