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PLASTICS PIPES BODIES ISSUE ADVISORY FORSUBSTANDARD PIPE USEDIN OIL, GAS AND OTHER FIELDS
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.