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Pipeline Technology Journal 2-2015

Latest developments and news from the pipeline industry

POLYGUARD  RELEASES  NEXT  GENERATION  OF  INSULRAP  PRODUCTS Polyguard Products Inc. Vice President of Mechanical Products Pat- rick Dunn announces the  release of the next generation of Insul- rap products to the market.  “We have upgraded the entire line of Insulrap products, leading the way to the next generation of flexible asphalt and butyl membranes; the upgrades include achieving zero perm on all membranes, and by embedding scrim on the SJ products, we have also achieved en- hanced lap adhesion on all Ilsulrap products”, Dunn said. Products included in the launch are: Insulrap JB (white), Insulrap 30-NG-Smooth (now white), Insulrap 50-SJ-NG (now black), Insulrap 50-NG-Smooth (now black) and Insulrap 125-NG-No Torch (black). Polyguard’s Insulrap products are used on insulated piping in refrig- eration, cryogenic and chemical processing applications. The product is proven in the market, having been applied on millions of square feet of insulated pipe for over 20 years with an excellent rate of suc- cess. Founded in 1953, Polyguard Products specializes in products which protect surfaces and structures from moisture, water, or other unde- sired substances. Polyguard in an industry leader in the production of self-adhesive protective coatings for engineering and construction. For further information: Tre Bischof E-Mail:  TRANSNATIONAL OIL PIPELINE LINKING NEPAL TO INDIA TO BE CONSTRUCTED Nepal and India have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the construction of a 41 km transnational oil pipeline, cul- minating two decades of intermittent negotiation. Minister for Commerce and Supplies Sunil Bahadur Thapa and In- dia’s Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan signed the MoU on behalf of their respective governments. The MoU will promote bilateral cooperation in the oil and gas sec- tor and secure long term supply of petroleum products to landlocked Nepal in the aftermath of the country’s devastating earthquake. Pradhan said IOC and NOC have to work together to turn the dream project into reality. “Prior to my visit to Nepal, Prime Minister Modi had asked me when the project will be completed,” Pradhan said, adding, “I am optimistic that the project will be completed ahead of the set timeframe (30 months) if IOC and NOC work in proper coordination. TRANS ADRIATIC PIPELINE (TAP) AWARDS GAS TUR- BINE COMPRESSOR UNITS TO SIEMENS Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG (TAP) has awarded the contract for the supply of six gas turbine turbo compressor units to Siemens AG. Half of these items will be installed in TAP’s compressor station near Kipoi, in Greece, and the remaining half at TAP’s compressor station near Fier, in Albania. Ian Bradshaw, Managing Director at TAP said: “I want to thank all those companies who participated in this tendering round. Following a rigorous evaluation and bidding process, Siemens was selected for their expertise, know-how and robust safety track record in providing highly reliable gas turbine turbo compressor units, which are an inte- gral piece of our pipeline.” The turbo compressors contract award concludes TAP’s pre-qualifi- cation process (launched in June 2014), followed by bid assessments from the shortlisted companies that met TAP’s rigorous pre-qualifi- cation criteria. Siemens AG is one of the world’s largest producers of energy-effi- cient, resource-saving technologies. In infrastructure and industry solutions the company plays a pioneering role. As of September 30, 2014, Siemens had around 343,000 employees in more than 200 countries. In April 2015, TAP awarded its first major contract, for the construction of access roads and bridges in Albania. In July 2015, TAP completed the tendering process for the supply of large diameter ball valves and actuators. TAP will transport natural gas from the giant Shah Deniz II field in Azerbaijan to Europe. The approximately 870 km long pipeline will connect with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) at the Turk- ish-Greek border at Kipoi, cross Greece and Albania and the Adriatic Sea, before coming ashore in Southern Italy. For further information: E-Mail: Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) at a glance INDUSTRY AND PRACTICE 12 PIPELINE TECHNOLOGY JOURNAL

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