Pipeline insulation is a highly specialised field in the offshore LNG industry, with many companies preferring easy-to-install solutions to protect assets and employees from noise and thermal conductivity.
Pipelines often require ongoing, costly maintenance with permeability being a critical issue that needs to be addressed. Protection is achieved by using the right materials for insulation; as a bonus, proper insulation can also successfully mitigate vapour transfer within the pipe wrapping system. Conventional insulation systems that are recommended as best practice may involve many layers and a bulky solution is believably proven to be the most robust fix for the challenge at hand.
However, the desired protection from both noise and vapour transfer can be achieved by operators in the LNG industry with one product from Pyrotek.
Noise protection for workers being the primary objective, the material’s acoustic ability is an important consideration. When employees are protected from exposure to any high noise levels, they can enjoy safe working environments and make better decisions in efficient working cycles. High performance materials from Pyrotek such as Quadzero MVT effectively prevent acoustic transfer while their permeability address moisture and vapour transfer to ultimately help increase the service life of steel pipes.
There are many proven configurations of layered insulation systems on the market; however, the composition and longevity of materials should be considered for this application. This means properly certified (preferably independently tested) systems must be specified – the solution should provide effective insulation from noise, thermal transfer and vapour transfer too.
Pyrotek teams lend their experience to this sector all across the world with Norsok certified solutions and expertise for installation in extreme environments.
Every offshore LNG facility is unique and some pipelines are designed with typical configurations in mind. The flexibility of the chosen insulation material determines ease of installation, which is where a thinner, reinforced barrier becomes more suitable to complex scenarios.
Longevity of pipework taken into consideration at the beginning of a new insulation project can reduce costs and complexity of maintenance over time. Quality ISO9001 produced materials also mean reassurance with proven, reliable polymers.
Pyrotek also offers a range of solutions for the LNG sector from removable noise protection curtains and covers, to specialised vibration damping and anti-condensation compounds in addition to uniquely measured systems of curtains, covers and pipe jackets to suit various applications. Fittings are designed to ensure parts and jackets are easily removed for maintenance requirements.
The industrial variation of the standard Wavebar performs even in these hostile environments.
Wavebar insulates industrial equipment from the day-to-day living areas in buildings, facilities, industrial precincts and even offshore. Install Wavebar to improve work conditions and ensure adequate soundproofing. Mass loaded vinyl has been proven over a long history of applications wherever people work in close proximity to noisy equipment.
Known for many years in the building industry, Wavebar also forms part of the protective ducting insulation on board oil rigs and offshore platforms.