BIRCH VALE, UK -- Dow Hyperlast has engineered a technology to blend glass syntactic polyurethane (GSPU) coating and insulation systems for deepwater pipelines on site in remote locations. The ETNAFLOW Portable Mixing Plant mixes materials, while an advanced process control ensures formulation accuracy, quality, and consistency of the finished product.
Designed for local operations, ETNAFLOW Portable Mixing Plant consists of raw materials holding and dosing units, plus a blending operation where the polyurethane and the glass micro spheres are mixed.
"The ETNAFLOW mixing system was inspired and developed as a direct result of our requirement to supply Wasco Coatings in Malaysia, with Flow Assurance Insulation coating materials for the Gumusut-Kakap project," says Alex Lane, global business leader for Dow Hyperlast's Pipe and Tank Division. "This project in the South China Sea called for performance parameters at ocean depths of up to 1,200 m (3,937 ft) in very remote areas. Dow Hyperlast experts quickly recognized the need for a reliable, portable GSPU mixing system that could help expedite the project, improving materials handling and ensure quality."