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BASF & Perma-Pipe Partner to Supply PU Insulation & Custom Coating for Subsea Developments

Published on 2012-03-09. Author : SpecialChem

WYANDOTTE , MI -- BASF announced that it is participating in collaborative projects with Perma-Pipe Oil and Gas, New Iberia, Louisiana, under contract to LLOG Exploration Company LLC, Houston, Texas, to supply glass syntactic polyurethane (GSPU) insulation for the Mandy and WHO DAT subsea developments.

BASF supplied ELASTOSHORE® ZEROHg™ technology to Perma-Pipe, allowing Perma-Pipe to apply its Auto-Therm® GSPU "wet" insulation to the flowlines, risers, pipeline end terminations (PLETS), manifold, jumpers and shrouds required for the subsea developments.

Perma-Pipe insulated more than 81,000 feet, or 16 miles, of 4 and 6 inch flowlines and risers for the subsea developments. BASF's Polyurethane Solutions team worked closely with Perma-Pipe to develop customized ELASTOSHORE products that fit Perma-Pipe processes for both line pipe and custom coating applications.

The resulting Perma-Pipe Auto-Therm GSPU technology is being used in more than 100 miles of flowline and riser pipe insulation currently installed in the Gulf of Mexico.

"Our customized polyurethane solutions enable Perma-Pipe to factory insulate pipe and field equipment of various shapes and sizes with minimal adjustments to the process," said Dr. Karl Gust, Market Manager, Polyurethane Solutions for BASF in North America. "We recently moved the manufacture of our GSPU product line to our Polyurethane Solutions Systems House in Houston, and believe it is critical to keep our product manufacturing as close to our customers as possible."

The WHO DAT deep ocean field is located in the Mississippi Canyon numbers 503 to 547 situated under 3000 feet of water. The field required the insulation of 51,000 feet of flowline as well as four PLETS, eight jumpers and fifteen shroud covers. The field became operational in December 2011.

The Mandy deep ocean field is located in the Mississippi Canyon Blocks number 199 situated under 3000 feet of water and required the insulation of 31,000 feet of flowlines and risers as well as four PLETS, six jumpers, nine shroud covers, and one manifold. Installation of the equipment is planned for March 2012, with the field becoming operational in April 2012.

"Keeping the same chemistry of wet insulation for the flowlines and subsea equipment is an advantage for our operators," said Hank Reuser, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Perma-Pipe Oil and Gas. "Using the same materials, Auto-Therm GSPU, for the entire scope of flow assurance promotes consistency, and a strong sense of confidence."

About BASF Polyurethanes

BASF is the leading supplier of Polyurethane Solutions for systems, specialties and PU basic products. With its global network of 38 polyurethane system houses and its comprehensive product and service portfolio, BASF is the preferred partner of its customers in many industries. The BASF brand "Polyurethane Solutions" represents over 40 years of experience of the market and technology leadership for Polyurethane Systems.

About BASF

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 16,000 employees in North America, and had sales of $19.9 billion in 2011. BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. They combine economic success, social responsibility and environmental protection. Through science and innovation they enable their customers in almost all industries to meet the current and future needs of society. Their products and system solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring healthy food and nutrition and helping to improve the quality of life. They have summed up this contribution in their corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF posted sales of about €73.5 billion in 2011 and had more than 111,000 employees as of the end of the year.

About Perma-Pipe

Perma-Pipe, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of factory pre-insulated piping systems for oil and gas gathering, district heating and cooling and other specialty applications.

Source: BASF

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