August 2021, Vol. 248, No. 8

Tech Notes

In-Field Flow Coating Boosts Gas Pipeline Capacity

Special to P&GJ 

Rescue Pipeline Services LLC (RPS), based in Houston, introduces their In-Field Flow Coating (IFC) technology for existing gas pipelines.    

The IFC system is a revolutionary process for applying a flow coating in existing (in-place) pipelines that increases pipeline efficiency and performance.    

RPS uses a specially formulated, advanced, nano-composite coating that is unlike any other surface coating technology. The coatings use small molecular structures that coat microscopic nooks and crannies in a way not possible with conventional coatings.  

The nano properties combined with RPS’s expertise in in situ pipeline application result in an ultra-slick, low-friction and abrasion-resistant surface that provides lower friction loss, increased flow, lower energy consumption and reduced deposition of debris and contaminants with minimal surface preparation.    

By reducing the surface roughness, the coated surface reduces the friction factor of the pipe wall, lowering pressure loss and increasing pipeline capacity. The IFC system can make a significant difference in reducing compression costs and lowering greenhouse gas emissions.   

IFC coating can be applied on long pipeline segments, of any diameter, by only accessing the ends of the pipeline.  

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