Oil and Gas
Gas distribution was among the first applications of polyethylene (PE) pipe. In fact, many of the systems currently in use have been in continuous service since 1960 with great success.
Today, over 90% of the pipe installed for the natural gas distribution industry in the U.S. and Canada is plastic, and of that, 99% is polyethylene.
Increasingly, PE is becoming the choice for oil patch applications as well, replacing the widespec resins of the past. While these widespec resins are cost effective, they fail to offer the long term performance of Charter’s prime, pressure rated resins that are tested and proven to outperform from both an environmental and safety standpoint, whether used in oil and gas production, oil and gas gathering, frac water distribution or brine water transport.
PE is the material of choice not only in North America, but also worldwide. The reasons why PE is the material of choice are many and include:
- PE is lightweight, flexible and available in long coils thereby making it easy to install and minimizing the numbers of joints in the piping system.
- PE is joined by heat fusion or mechanical fittings and does not corrode like metal pipe.
- PE provides long-term resistance to a variety of service conditions such as abrasion, temperature and soil shifts, bending, weathering, internal pressure, direct burial, point loading and squeeze-off.
- PE oil and gas pipe is available in a range of sizes from 1/2" CTS to 24" IPS (other sizes available on special request). Please note that Charter oil patch pipe is available in only IPS sizing and is made from prime pressure rated PE 4710 resins to ASTM D2513 and API specifications. Our gas distribution pipe is available in both CTS and IPS sizes.
These advantages give confidence to oil and gas engineers the world over to specify PE pipe for their distribution and gathering systems.