This paper describes the successful innovation in materials selection, testing, design, construction and operation of Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) pipelines to handle the highly corrosive hot oil field production gathering fluids ( 80 C, 6.9 MPa) and high pressure produced water (70 C, 17.2 MPa). Materials selection includes technical comparison of all available options and life cycle economics. Materials qualification includes long term hydrostatic strength test at 93 C. Design meets API 15HR and CSA Z662. The pressure sealabilty of the threaded connection is ensured with an innovative make up procedure that measures make up position and a belt tong that grips FRP without damaging it Construction practices include protection of FRP during back fill. Evaluation of operational performance includes shut-in / start up, cool down / warm up and additional pressure tests.
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High Pressure Hot Fluid Oil Field Fiberglass Pipelines
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Lee, GL. "High Pressure Hot Fluid Oil Field Fiberglass Pipelines." Proceedings of the 1996 1st International Pipeline Conference. Volume 2: Design, Construction, and Operation Innovations; Compression and Pump Technology; SCADA, Automation, and Measurement; System Simulation; Geotechnical and Environmental. Calgary, Alberta, Canada. June 9–13, 1996. pp. 711-715. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/IPC1996-1876
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