For General Water Transport Infrastructure Applications
Florence, Ky., Sulzbach, Germany, Shanghai, PR China – Celanese Corporation (NYSE: CE), a global technology and specialty materials company, was named a 2013 Oil & Gas Awards finalist in three regions for a new composite pressure pipe that features Celstran® CFR-TP.
The Fiberflex®-11 pipe from Composite Fluid Transfer LLC of Kilgore, Texas, manufactured with Celstran continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic composites (CFR-TP), was chosen by the 2013 Oil & Gas Awards judges as a one of 68 Southwest finalists, 48 West Coast finalists and 53 Midcontinent finalists. The lightweight pressure pipe system, with multiple options for robust connections, is designed for general water transport infrastructure applications.
Celanese is just one of 10 companies to be named a finalist in all three Oil & Gas Awards regions that annually recognize the outstanding achievements made within the upstream and midstream sectors of the Oil & Gas Industry. The awards are a platform for the industry to demonstrate and celebrate the advances made in the key areas of corporate social responsibility, the environment and health and safety. The awards will be handed out during the regional award gala dinners: Southwest – Oct. 22 at the Sheraton Hotel and Spa – Fort Worth, Texas; Midcontinent – Oct. 29 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum – Oklahoma City; and West Coast – Oct. 24 at the Marriott at the Convention Center in Bakersfield, Calif.
The composite pressure pipe, which won a prestigious Innovation Award in the “Pipes & Water Management” category on Oct. 2 during the JEC Americas 2013 in Boston, incorporates Celstran CFR-TP continuous fiberglass reinforced high-density polyethylene (HDPE) thermoplastic composite tape. It is wound around a specially designed, extruded thin-wall HDPE thermoplastic liner and heat consolidated by a proprietary process developed by Composite Fluid Transfer. The pipe construction adds an outside layer of HDPE film manufactured by Valéron Strength Films to protect the system from both ultra-violet and abrasion damage.
At 4.26 pounds per foot, the Fiberflex-11 pipe is lighter than comparable diameter and pressure rated composite and plastic pipe. Two people in the field can easily lift and carry the pipe, which avoids the high cost of using large unloading equipment, increases safety and minimizes work site damage and reclamation costs. A 30-foot section weighs only 128 pounds vs. the same length of 12-inch HDPE SDR 9 pipe that weighs 655 pounds, making it 80 percent lighter. The Fiberflex-11 pipe system also offers several robust coupling/connector options, including a two-bolt patent-pending quick coupling design.
Composite Fluid Transfer’s Fiberflex-11 pipe — 10.5-inch inner diameter, 11.1-inch outer diameter pipe rated at a 250 pounds per square inch operating pressure — is specifically designed for general water transport infrastructure, including distribution systems, oil and gas operations, hydraulic fracturing feed water and produced water, large irrigation systems, tank farm operations and dewatering systems. A key strength is the adaptability of the product to meet fluid transfer market demands outside of the oil and gas industry.
It can easily be altered to operate at higher pressures, in tougher environments, at higher temperatures, with larger diameters, and with any type of piping system connections. For example, the burst pressure of the finished pipe can be increased as necessary from the current design, which delivers a burst pressure of 500 pounds per square inch (psi) by varying the number of layers of Celstran CFR-TP tape consolidated on to the thin wall HDPE pipe liner. The flexibility of the product and supporting process innovation allows for a continuous evolution of the piping solution to meet an ever-expanding set of market and application requirements.
Celanese Corporation is a global technology leader in the production of differentiated chemistry solutions and specialty materials used in most major industries and consumer applications. With sales almost equally divided between North America, Europe and Asia, the company uses the full breadth of its global chemistry, technology and business expertise to create value for customers and the corporation. Celanese partners with customers to solve their most critical needs while making a positive impact on its communities and the world. Based in Dallas, Texas, Celanese employs approximately 7,600 employees worldwide and had 2012 net sales of $6.4 billion. For more information about Celanese Corporation and its product offerings, visit www.celanese.com or our blog at www.celaneseblog.com.
About Composite Fluid Transfer LLC
Composite Fluid Transfer, LLC has manufacturing operations at Synergy Park of Kilgore, Texas. For more information regarding Composite Fluid Transfer or composite pipe products, contact Chris Taylor at 406-565-7053.
About Valéron Strength Films
Valéron Strength Films, with locations in Houston (TX), Essen (Belgium) and Shanghai (China), is the single source supplier of Valéron® film, a unique cross-laminated, flexible specialty film with unique mechanical properties that can be found in a number of very demanding applications worldwide such as construction, specialty packaging and print media. Valéron Strength Films is a Division of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE: ITW), a Fortune 200 company based in Glenview, IL with net sales of $17 billion USD and more than 65,000 employees worldwide. For more information, please visit our website: www.valeron.com.
Celstran® is a registered trademark owned by Celanese or its affiliates.
Fiberflex® is a registered trademark owned by Composite Fluid Transfer LLC.
Valéron® is a registered trademark owned by Valéron Strength Films division of Illinois Tool Works Corporation.
Celanese Business Unit Contacts:
Engineered Materials: Americas:
Stephen Cushard, Global Marketing Communications Manager
Henning Küll, Public Relations Manager
Amber Zhao, Marketing Communications
2013 Oil & Gas Awards Finalist — Innovative Fiberflex®-11 pipe from Composite Fluid Transfer incorporates Celstran® CFR-TP continuous fiberglass reinforced high-density polyethylene (HDPE) thermoplastic composite tape from Celanese, which is wound around and heat consolidated to a specially designed, extruded thin-wall HDPE thermoplastic liner.
Lighter With Robust Options — A 30-foot section of Fiberflex®-11 pipe that features Celstran® continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic composites (CFR-TP) weighs only 128 pounds vs. the same length of 12-inch HDPE SDR 9 pipe that weighs 655 pounds. The pipe system offers several robust coupling/connector options, including a two-bolt patent-pending quick coupling design.
Easy to Lift — Two people in the field can easily lift and carry a 30-foot section of Fiberflex®-11 pipe that features Celstran® continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic composites (CFR-TP) from Celanese.