October 2018, Vol. 245, No. 10


Controlling and Stopping Flow in Polyethylene (PE) Natural Gas Pipelines

By Bryan Kortte, Marketing Manager, Gas Products, Mueller Co. When polyethylene (PE) pipes were first introduced to gas distribution in the late-1960s, they offered a significant upgrade in terms of cost efficiency, durability and ease of installation. Since then, PE pipes have come to dominate the landscape of gas distribution systems. In the United States and Canada, more than 90% of natural gas distribution systems use PE pipes in their installations. PE pipes are also used in a majority of installations in Australia and are increasingly used in pipelines around the world.  The advantages of PE pipes in gas distribution are clear when compared with traditional

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