Caps and Closures
Modern high quality plastic pipe systems can virtually eliminate water leakage in the underground infrastructure. However, a lack of local standards and knowledge sometimes makes it difficult to identify high quality plastic pipes and to ensure their proper installation. Poor quality pipe systems create problems with additional costs for end users, threatening the reputation of plastic pipes. To counter this, Borouge has set up the Gulf Plastics Pipe Academy in the Middle East, and is studying to see if similar organizations can be founded in other regions.
The Gulf Plastics Pipe Academy (GPPA) was established as an independent organization for the benefit of all members of the plastics pipe industry. The GPPA promotes the use of specified plastic pipe systems and good installation practices, to develop the greater Middle East region in a sustainable manner. The ambitions of the GPPA can be summarised as follows:
Engaging members in information sharing
- Standardization and certification efforts
- Provide education and training on the design of plastic pipes systems
- Provide education and training on the installation of plastic pipe systems and advising on ecological issue
- Promote innovative new plastic pipe system approaches
Together with local industries, these ambitions are being developed into the operational practices of the GPPA:
Knowledge sharing and training
- Encourage members to share experiences with plastic pipe systems
- Creation of a Case Study Bank
- Forum to dispel myths about plastics and to create confidence in its capabilities
- Coordinate members’ need for special studies
- Provide training and educational courses for pipe system designers, contractors (calculations, installations etc.) and pipe installers (installation techniques, welding etc.)
- Provide on-site training to installers and engineers
Standardisation & certification
- Support the development of regional standards and encourage members to participate
- Facilitate and recommend certification schemes for pipe & fittings producers, installers and pipe users
- Perform the role of an independent testing institute – in house and outsourced
Promoting health, safety & environment
- Organise local seminars and conferences on plastic pipe systems
- Participate in technical conferences in order to promote the use of plastic pipes
- Cooperate with industry associations for knowledge promotion
- Advise on ecological and environmental issues, thus spreading the knowledge about the advantages offered by plastic pipe systems
For more information visit www.gulfplasticspipe.org.
Borouge is a member of the PE100+ Association, an organization that was established inq 1999 by the major polyethylene (PE) manufacturers Borealis, Elenac and Solvay. Currently, the PE100+ Association consists of eight PE100 compound manufacturing companies, who all meet certain quality benchmarks.
The main objective of the PE100+ Association is to guarantee consistent quality at the highest level in the production and use of PE100 pipe materials. The Association’s Advisory Committee comprises representatives from the major gas and water industries, pipe and fitting manufacturers and contractors. Although its main roles are market guidance and feedback, the committee helps ensure that industry requirements are fulfilled.
BorSafe® HE3490-LS and HE3490-LS-H pipe grades, manufactured by Borouge in Ruwais (UAE) have passed all the requirements and are listed on the ‘PE100+ Quality Materials’ list. The Association updates this list of high performance grades on a regular basis, by monitoring the most critical properties, namely the Creep Rupture Strength, Stress Crack Resistance and Resistance to Rapid Crack Propagation. Qualification involves two rounds of stringent testing by Gastec, which selects samples every seven months from a list of batches produced in that period. Pipes from the selected batches are subjected to a pipe notch test, an internal pressure test and S4 tests.
The ‘PE100+’ Association also organizes seminars around the world to reinforce the need to maintain high quality standards and the use of premade compounds, in order to safeguard the future of the PE pipe industry. The technical requirements of the PE100+ Association have become the reference standard in many countries where local standards and project specifications no longer represent the market needs.
For more information on the PE100+ Association and the latest ‘PE100+ Quality Materials’ list, please visit www.PE100plus.com.