Somerton Consulting Ltd is active in establishing marketing strategies to develop the utilisation in various industries of glass reinforced epoxy (GRE) and polyester (GRP) pipe systems and assembling financial schemes tailor fitted to customers’ needs.
Glassfiber Pipe is a corrosion resistant pipe, made of layers of glass fibers impregnated with a thermo-hardening resin, filament wound over a steel mandrel, then heat cured in an oven.
The filament winding process is a highly automated process which allows to produce at high speed pipe and fitting systems from 2” (50 mm) up to 42” ( 1000 mm), with nominal pressures typically ranging from 150 psi (10 bar) up to 1000 psi (75 bar), this depending on diameter.
For smaller diameters, higher pressures can also be specially designed. Larger diameter sizes can also be produced, with lower pressure levels.
Once the pipe(or fitting) is cured, the steel mandrel is extracted, and the jointing system (mechanical, threaded or bonded) is achieved.
GRE pipe is inert to corrosion either internal or external, and is therefore perfectly suitable to serve the fast growing oil markets in locations where inside corrosion is rapidly destroying steel piping as a result of H2S and S02 in the oil, and outside corrosion occurs because of humid and/or salty environment (marshes, sea, etc.). GRE pipe will last the expected life of the oilfield, that is between 15 and 50 years, without any revamping, no coatings, no cathodic protection, etc.
In addition, GRE pipe is ideal for injection and produced water lines with high salinity on oilfields. It is also used for offshore applications, industrial and mining activities, as well as marine utilisations.
GRP, also inert to corrosion, has large applications in water transport and distribution projects, sewages and utilities, as well as chemical waste lines.
Our Industrial branch presently covers the Community of Independent States, Africa, and Latin America.