FlexSteel Pipeline Technologies Inc. says that demand for its
line pipe products has grown this year despite a softer overall
"Year over year
weve had continued growth. Were well above last
year," vice president of strategy and marketing Brian Anderson
said on the sidelines of the Steel Success Strategies XXVIII
conference in New York sponsored by AMM and Englewood
Cliffs, N.J.-based World Steel Dynamics Inc.
That growth has
occurred even though annual growth in the larger line pipe
market has slowed to about 2 to 3 percent this year from about
3 to 5 percent previously, he said.
technology encases a lattice of cold-rolled steel strip between
two layers of high-density polyethylene, making pipe that is
flexible, durable and corrosion resistant. "The first thing we
did was we created a flexible pipe, but we wanted to keep true
to steel," Anderson said. "We wanted to create a product that
was very durable and reliable."
The design cuts down
on installation and maintenance costs, two pitfalls of
traditional steel line pipe. "Onshore, we typically see that we
can reduce a projects costs by 20 to 40 percent.
Offshore, we see even greater gains," he said.
The product comes in
longer lengths than traditional steel line pipe, which is in
40-foot sections, allowing for more efficient installation. A
reel of the companys recently introduced 8-inch diameter
product holds about 623 feet of pipe, while a reel of 6-inch
product can carry about 1,083 feet, Anderson said.
company makes line pipe in diameters between 2 inches and 8
inches that can withstand up to 3,000 pounds per square inch of
pressure, for use mainly in shale oil and gas plays, Anderson
said. "Gas was really big about two years and now shale oil is
more of a driver," he added.