Rapid production: As the team matures the technology and optimises the manufacturing equipment suite, Long Pipes would expect to continue to increase the rate of pipe production. It is anticipated that, ultimately, the team will be able to produce very high pipe production rates compared to conventional pipelines. Where required multiple machines could be introduced to increase the production rate further.
Very low resource intensity and manning requirement: The Pipe Production Machine is fully automated and thus the number of workers required on site is low. Once the continuous pipeline is placed in the trench there is no need for extra workers and machinery to lift and join individual pipes.
On-Site Manufacturing: The pipe manufacturing machine moves along the route to produce the pipe. The pipeline "sock" is drawn through the pipe manufacturing machine where resin is added, the sock is continuously inflated and then laid into its final position. The Fluid Highway™ will cure in approximately one hour, forming a strong and high integrity pipe. The direction in which the machinery moves will dictate the line of the pipe. The picture below shows a section of pipe from the Albany project that demonstrates how the Fluid Highway™ large bend radius can be formed in the field.
The Fluid Highway™ will form the required vertical and horizontal bends as it is made. Large angle Fluid Highway™ bends can be readily jointed to the pipe as required. The pipeline will simulate a welded steel pipeline that would need minimal thrust blocks. Once the pipeline is positioned in the trench the side support and backfill is placed and compacted.