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Key Points for Attention and Concern During Installation of Pipe

Posted by Baker Hughes on Apr 8, 2021 11:45:00 AM

Overview and Statistics

Although pipe failure is not a common occurrence, it does happen from time to time in the energy industry. Most of these failures come from steel pipe, which is quite prone to corrosion. Pipe failures are much less common in RTP pipe, a flagship product and pipeline solution provided by Baker Hughes.


Based on statistical analysis from the United States, pipeline failure frequencies range from 0.4 to 0.6 times /kilo-km each year over the last twelve-year measuring period. In areas prone to vibration, failure frequency rises to up to 0.14 occurrences/kilo-km each year.


Pipeline failure can have a negative impact on the environment, the stakeholders, and the company’s bottom line. Therefore, despite being somewhat rare, precautions need to be taken, especially during the installation of pipe, to mitigate failure.

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Baker Hughes Composite Pipes® for the Mitigation of Paraffin Problems in Flow Lines

Posted by Baker Hughes on Mar 25, 2021 10:37:59 AM

Paraffin is a naturally occurring wax that can build up in flow lines and cause costly production problems to the tune of billions of dollars industry-wide each year. Costs are incurred not only because of the reduction or loss of crude production but because of expensive chemical and mechanical treatments, extra horsepower requirements, and additional manpower.

Baker Hughes would like you to be aware of our paraffin-mitigating piping solutions. We offer proprietary nylon-based Baker Hughes Composite Pipes® flow lines, a reinforced thermoplastic pipe (RTP), which is a flexible, durable, and easy-to-install pipe solution with the strength of steel and strong paraffin-retarding characteristics.

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Abrasion Resistance Needed for Slurry Transport in Mining

Posted by Baker Hughes on Nov 20, 2020 11:20:33 AM

Mining costs are rising. In the wake of weak metal costs from 2012 through 2017, mining companies hoped to ride a surge of new investment as prices rose once again. Unfortunately, miners can’t take advantage of the rising cost of metals if their equipment and extraction costs rise at the same time. Further, as ore grades decline, these costs will inevitably increase.

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Nylon Liner: Permeation Resistance

Posted by Baker Hughes on Nov 20, 2020 1:31:07 AM

Hydrocarbon Transport Options

For decades, carbon steel was an industry standard for hydrocarbon transport, offering great physical strength, and ease of fabrication.

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Manpower, Downtime & Equipment: Installing Composite Pipe

Posted by Baker Hughes on Oct 30, 2020 12:08:01 PM

How to Install Composite Pipe by Baker Hughes?

You’ve worked with the Baker Hughes team to select just the right composite pipe for your project and have already seen the savings and superiority over steel and HDPE now you must begin preparing for the installation phase and all the associated costs such as manpower, downtime, and equipment.

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Low-Pressure Fluid Transport for Corrosive Environments: No Derating Necessary

Posted by Baker Hughes on Oct 29, 2020 9:52:01 AM

Cost & Time Savings

The PE Flex Plus pipe provides major advantages over conventional poly pipe and its permeation short-falls.

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Benefits of Reinforced Thermoplastic Pipe (RTP) for Oil and Gas Pipelines

Posted by Baker Hughes on May 28, 2020 7:37:47 PM

Not all pipes are created equal. The choice of materials for use in oil and gas pipelines and hydrocarbon transportation can impact operating costs, lead time, compliance, ease of installation, maintenance costs, total costs of ownership, and much more.

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Thermoflex® Versus Steel Pipe: A Primer

Posted by Baker Hughes on Feb 25, 2020 7:47:26 PM

Conventional steel pipe has been the material of choice for oil and gas applications for decades. Thanks to recent innovations in reinforced thermoplastic pipe (RTP), there are now materials that may be better suited to some applications and are even more cost-effective solutions for fluid transportation.

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Composite pipe: made in the Permian, for the Permian

Posted by Baker Hughes on Jun 14, 2019 12:39:13 PM

While there’s a lot of activity in the Permian basin, this vast expanse of back roads can often seem like a lonely place, particularly when it comes to getting your hands on composite pipe.

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6 miles of Gathering Lines Deployed in Orla, TX

Posted by Baker Hughes on Jan 15, 2019 9:29:14 AM

The Problem

In the Permian Basin, installation of new hydrocarbon gathering lines comes with a unique set of challenges, including ubiquitous labor and supply shortages. But for Ring Energy operating in remote Orla, Texas, those challenges were compounded.

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