Highly automated production methods for glass fibre reinforced (GRP) pipes has greatly reduced their production cost. This has made it possible to apply these kind of pipes in large numbers such as for the transport of liquids over large distances.
IRM-systems, a pipeline engineering firm specialised in inspection, repair and maintenance, was contracted to develop a management plan for buried GRP pipes of a gas plant. Among these pipes were the main cooling water pipes. Due to environmental changes a number of pipes were displaced and MOCS was asked to analyse the structural consequences and identify possible risks.
Based on these analyses IRM-systems was able to better understand the risks and provide their customer with a thorough management plan.