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February 11, 2022

Piping Systems in the Oil and Gas Industry

When we talk about Piping Systems, what do we mean? Piping and Piping Systems are used interchangeably but there’s actually a difference between the two. Piping within the oil and gas industry is a system of pipes used to transport liquids and gases from one location to another. An Industrial Piping System includes all the materials and instruments for the construction of a complete piping system. In this article, we are looking closely at the Industrial Piping System. How good your piping system is, is directly impacted by the materials used for building the piping system. It’s critical to weigh all options and account for the factors that will affect the piping material selection process.
Here are a few factors to take into consideration:

 

1. The Type

The type of liquid or gas your piping system will transport plays a crucial role in choosing piping materials.
Some piping materials are better suited for non-corrosive liquids such as oils, while a piping system with an interior that can hold up to the hardness of corrosive materials is needed for corrosive liquids such as acids.

2. The Temperature

This factor is also crucial in determining the piping system to use. You’ll need to be sure your piping system consists of high-temperature piping materials. If you’re transporting high-temperature fluid. Certain types of plastic piping systems are not ideal for transporting high-temperature liquids. Some piping materials are designed to handle fluids no matter how hot they are. Metal pipe materials are good choices for high-temperature liquids, although some may become too hot to handle. It is important to note that your choice of piping material must support these temperatures as well as maintain them throughout the liquid transfer process

The pressure of the Transported Liquid

What is the pressure of the fluids that your piping system is handling? If the pressure of the fluids is very high, then you will need a piping material that is either of high strength, higher thickness, or a piping system designed to resist high-pressure fluids. If your piping system is working with liquids of higher pressures, then you may have to request a piping material designed to handle such high-pressure fluids

Exposure to external Elements

Piping systems are bound to be exposed to external elements. External elements exist both indoors and outdoors. Indoors external corrosion and other issues can arise from corrosive fumes in the air, humid conditions, and mold. Outdoors pose several threats for external corrosion and damage to piping systems, including seawater salt, weather, plant overgrowth, and more. If any part of your piping system is exposed outdoors, you need piping material that can withstand environmental elements.

Valve and Fitting Size

When choosing your piping material, you need to know that certain piping materials only have limited valve and fitting sizes to choose from.
The type of connection you need to make (as well as the connection of the pipes to other features of the piping system) determines the type of valves and fittings you need for your piping system.

Cost of materials

Cost is a crucial and important factor in any business decision. As you consider different piping materials costs, you also need to keep some things in mind such as:

  • The cost of required parts, including the pipes, valves, and pipe fittings
  • Whether your chosen piping material is available or needs to be imported
  • Routine and emergency maintenance appointments cost
  • The return on investment when comparing different costs.

In conclusion, piping materials are one of the key factors that play an important role in the success of your industrial piping system. Centaur Construction & Services provides some of the highest quality products that are essential for your industrial piping system.