With the Maxicoil® System, coiling of pipes is possible in longer lengths and larger inside diameters.
In October 2016, the Australian Aliaxis business Vinidex successfully installed its new Maxicoil® System in the field at one of the Gladstone LNG (GLNG) projects. This is one of Australia’s three major projects for coal seam gas (CSG) conversion into liquefied natural gas (LNG). This Aliaxis world leading technology represents a real innovation for the installation of large pipes up to 250 mm.
With the Maxicoil® System, coiling of pipes is possible in longer lengths and larger inside diameters. For example, a pipe of 125 mm currently comes in 100 m and 200 m coils, but in the future, coils as long as 2,000 m will be possible. This greatly reduces welding, handling and potential for damage while increasing both the speed and safety of installation. The trial in the Gladstone project successfully demonstrated these critical factors in the capacity of the Maxicoil System to save costs and reduce the time to connect wells: no other company in the world offers pipes like this on this scale.
The project development cycle took three years and required collaboration and strong partnership to meet the customer need for 4,000 km of pipe. From the initial development of coiling equipment up to 5.0 m outer diameter coils, through coiling up to 250 mm pipe, delivery and de-coiling and stringing the pipe out on site, an end-to-end lifecycle offering was required. To deliver on this project, Vinidex demonstrated its commitment to innovate and invest to match customer requirements, strong project management and partnering skills. This trial marks only the beginning. Vinidex is now readying Maxicoil for a broader market release in the short term.
Vinidex is Australia’s leading manufacturer and supplier of thermoplastic pipe and fittings systems for the transportation of fluid, data and energy. Established in 1960, Vinidex has an enviable reputation built on product quality, customer service, innovation and performance. Vinidex is considered a leader in environmental performance and sustainability with material efficient product design, energy efficient production and recycling programs which process end of life pipe back into new pipe products.
Employing approximately 600 staff in 9 manufacturing plants and 10 distribution centres located throughout Australia, Vinidex manufactures PVC, Polyethylene and Polypropylene pipe systems from 15 mm to 1000 mm in diameter. Vinidex pipe and fittings systems are used in a broad cross-section of applications including plumbing, water supply, sewerage, drainage, mining, industrial, irrigation, gas, electrical, power and telecommunications. Vinidex has extensive logistics experience with major projects and a proven track record for project delivery.
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