Powder coatings supplied by Akzo Nobel have been used on the world’s longest underwater gas pipeline, the Langeled, which recently began delivering gas to the UK.
A total of 64 tons of the company’s Resicoat® R-743 product was used on part of the 1,200 kilometer pipeline, which carries gas to the UK from the North Sea.
Norway’s Statoil and Hydro are the companies behind Langeled, which is set to deliver up to a fifth of all the gas consumed in the UK.
“Having our products specified for major projects such as Langeled highlights Akzo Nobel’s position as the world’s leading manufacturer of powder coatings,” said Rob Molenaar, General Manager of the company’s Powder Coatings business.
“Our technology and expertise are recognized around the globe and this is one of several high profile contracts that we are involved with.”
The series of giant underwater pipes—each weighing about 25 tons and measuring 42 inches in diameter—were laid by a 180-meter long construction vessel specifically designed to enable the sections to be welded together before slowly being lowered onto the seabed.
The southern half of the piepline was recently completed, with the northern section (which connects to the giant Ormen Lange gas field off the coast of Norway) due to come onstream next October.
Russian energy giant Gazprom has also expressed interest in the project. The company plans to roll out a USD 4 billion, 1,200 kilometer-long gas pipeline across the Baltic Sea to Germany.
Akzo Nobel’s Powder Coatings business manufactures two major global brands, Interpon® and Resicoat®.
Interpon is used in the architectural, automotive and domestic appliance sectors and in a variety of industrial finishing sectors including IT and metal furniture. Resicoat is used in functional markets such as steel pipeline, valves and pipe fittings, steel rebar and electrical insulation.
Pictured is the Easington terminal at the UK end of the pipeline (© Norsk Hydro).