When an inappropriate coating system is used, installing a pipeline in Western Canada’s rugged environment can impact the coating’s integrity. Pipelines will be buried in rocky terrain and installed through tunnels.
Local environmental conditions such as extreme weather, ground conditions and rock slides can all impact the coating system integrity prior to installation.
Selection of the right coating ensures the pipeline goes into the ground in pristine condition.
The appropriate pipeline coating helps ensure that operations continue safely and reliably for the duration of their design life—typically greater than 50 years—even in the toughest conditions.
Heavy rainfall or melting snow can cause pipeline trenches to wash out, exposing the coating system to environmental degradation and physical damage. Surrounding rock can release naturally occurring acids.
Slopes can become unstable, and seismic activity may happen at any time. These conditions can be adverse, but the risk is predictable. With the right coating system, the pipeline will be safe and protected.