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Johannesburg,20 January 2019.The Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (SAPPMA)has added its voice to a recent warning about substandard high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes

that do not comply  with  relevant  product  standards,  issued  by  the  Plastics  Pipe  Institute,  Inc. 

(PPI) -the  major  North American plastic pipe trade association with many of its member companies producing resins, pipe, fittings and components.According  to  Tony  Radoszewski,  President  of  PPI, sub-standard  pipes  have  been  found  in  the  oil  and  gas gathering  operations  of  the  Permian  and  Delaware  basins  in  Texas  and  New  Mexico. 

SAPPMA  CEO,  Jan Venter,  confirms  that  similar  examples  exist  in  South  Africa  and  that  this  notice  extends  to  other  areas where  HDPE  pipe  is  widely  used,  such  as  potable  water,  forced  main  sewers,  industrial  and  mining applications"These  pipelines  are  not  marked  with  relevant  product  standard  requirements,  and  may  therefore  not comply  with  product  standards.  Locally,  pipes that  do  not  bear  the  SAPPMA  mark  carry  no  assurance  of product quality and may not perform as intended for the application," Venter warns."Pipes   that   are   not   in   compliance   could   jeopardize   the   safety   of   employees,   the   public   and   the environment,"  Radoszewski  warned.  He  urged  that  piping  products  should  be  inspected  upon  delivery  to ensure they meet the appropriate standards and the operator’s specifications.

This is especially critical for projects  in  demanding  oil  and  gas  field  operations,  and  is  also  important  for  pipe  used  in  other  pressure applications such as water, sewer, industrial, and mining applications.Both  SAPPMA  and  PPI  recommend  that  purchasers  review  the  pipe  manufacturer's  certification  reports along with physical plant inspections or independent third-party validation and testing."Not all HDPE pipe is created equally. Know what resin is being used in the manufacture of the  pipe. Know what  company  is  making  the  pipe.  Know  what  company  is  selling  the  pipe.  There  is  a  considerable investment  for  the  resin  manufacturer  and  the  pipe  manufacturer  to  produce  high-performance  products. There is a cost for quality because of the steps required from  the manufacturing of the plastic resin  to  the extrusion of the pipe in order  to produce a product that meets industry standards and regulations. But the benefits  definitely  outweigh  the  extra  cost.  No  one  wants  a  catastrophic  pipeline  failure  caused  by substandard pipe," Radoszewski concluded.ENDS Issued on behalf of SAPPMA by Aim Marketing & Communications Consultants.For media enquiries, please call (021) 531-0313 or (071) 083-5219. Alternatively, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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