Borouge, Utico partner onlongest PE100 water transmission pipeline

Borouge, Utico partner on longest water transmission pipeline

10:59 AM, 1st January 2018
Deploying Utico's longest water pipeline made of Borouge's plastics solutions.
Deploying Utico's longest water pipeline made of Borouge's plastics solutions.

ABU DHABI, UAE: Borouge has partnered with Utico FZC, a water management and treatment solutions provider in carrying out the largest (polyethylene) PE100 water transmission pipeline project in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The highlight of the joint project was made as part of Borouge’s participation at Big 5, the international building and construction tradeshow, being held in Dubai from 26-29 November 2017.

Borouge provided Utico, the largest private utility company in the region, with a group of its creative polyethylene solutions to make pipes for the company’s water transmission pipeline project connecting four emirates Ras Al Khaimah, Um Al Quwain, Ajman and Sharjah.

The 55km pipeline, which ranges in size from 1,200mm to1,400mm diameter, has a peak capacity of 50MIGD and will eventually serve up to 900,000 people.

Utico chose Borouge’s BorSafe HE3490-LS and HE3490-LS-H grades for the production of their pipeline, which is both the longest and largest diameter PE100 water transmission pipeline in the region.

Borouge’s PP-R, PE-RT, PE100 and PP-B grades

Borouge demonstrated its Borstar RA140E which is an innovative PP-R grade, together with its new generation PE-RT grade Borstar HE3466RT, both for the hot and cold water market, alongside its established BorSafe and BorECO BA212E PP-B raw materials used in manufacturing indoor drainage pipelines. Being non-metallic, these corrosion-resistant materials are used to make plastic pipes that are rapidly replacing metal ones in buildings throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East, providing long maintenance-free operation.

"We are pleased that our innovative solutions are being used by Utico, one of our key technical partners in the UAE, for their ground-breaking water transmission pipeline. This is a real testament that our solutions are reliable, sustainable and create value for businesses across the value chain,” said Ahmed Al Shamsi, senior vice president regional MEAE, Borouge.

“Due to the large diameter, the wall thickness of the 1,400mm SDR13.6 pipes is 103mm, the highest transmission pipe wall thickness that has been produced in the region. They could only be produced using the extra low sag variant of Borouge’s BorSafe HE3490-LS-H grade,” said Abdulatif AlMulla, board director of Utico.

“Taking into account aspects such as the value of the desalinated water to be carried by the pipeline and cost of pumping water a distance of 55km, we decided that a leak-free fully-welded pipeline having a smooth inner surface would be the ideal solution for our project. Both of these aspects will save energy and the Utico pipeline can be considered as a groundbreaking Green project. We believe that PE100 is the right material for the piping systems of the future,” added Arsenio Sembrano, General Manager of Utico Transmission.

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