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The missing link

2022-04-26T09:27:28+00:00October 4th, 2021|News|

Pipelink provides the missing pipelink for Borealis In 2020, the Borealis site in Kallo gained an additional section of propylene pipeline, while this investment enables Pipelink to expand its asset base by over five kilometres. To ensure a good start and a long service life, the pipeline was inspected in late 2021, shortly after commissioning by Borealis. From Kallo to Beringen The new ND150 propylene pipe connects the production site of Borealis Kallo with the existing ND150 propylene pipe that runs between Antwerp and Borealis’ polypropylene plant in Beringen. The construction of this missing link enables Borealis to transport its propylene directly from Kallo to Beringen. Challenging works The new propylene pipe for Borealis measures 5.1 kilometres and features two block valve stations, various road crossings, and a challenging section of about 800 metres where it crosses the river Scheldt. The project involved 1,925 metres of horizontal directional drilling (HDD) in total. The works were carried out at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, from late 2019 until the summer of 2020. Despite the additional pressure as a result of the pandemic, the project was delivered on time and in line with our high quality and safety requirements. A fine achievement by all project partners! A good start To enable the effective management of this new section of pipeline, Pipelink carried out intelligent pigging in October 2021. During the course of this in-line inspection, we measure wall thickness, ovality, and other specifications over the entire length of the pipe. The result of the subsequent periodic inspections are compared against these baseline values. Pipelink regularly inspects all of its assets using visual drive-by inspections, walk-over inspections with trained dogs, cathodic protection management, and in-line inspections. Interested in learning more about Pipelink projects? Read more news about Pipelink.

Feel the chemistry

2022-06-16T08:37:43+00:00October 4th, 2021|News|

How Pipelink connects the port of Antwerp to the future Underneath the port of Antwerp are over 1,000 kilometres of high-pressure pipelines, of which 210 kilometres are owned and managed by Pipelink. Some of these are as much as 60 centimetres in diameter and have a design pressure of up to 100 bar! Our Pipelink pipelines transport as much as 900,000 metric tonnes of gases and liquid chemical products each year. Some impressive figures, for sure. But not half as impressive as the future opportunities that Pipelink is now creating: pipeline transport not only bolsters the position of Antwerp's energy and chemical industry cluster, but is also essential for the modal shift and energy transition in Europe.   Antwerp, our home port The port of Antwerp lies at the heart of our activities and is also home to Europe's largest integrated energy and (petro)chemical industry cluster, which is strategically connected to the European hinterland via maritime and logistical connections. Therefore, maritime, industrial and logistical activities go hand-in-hand. Next to the interconnecting pipelines within the port it is also from here that Pipelink connects port-based companies with companies in the Belgian hinterland, including in the Campine and Feluy. European ambitions Pipelines will play an ever more important role in improving the interconnections between (petro)chemical industry companies across Europe. Together with its parent company Port of Antwerp-Bruges and other partners, Pipelink is interested in expanding the pipeline infrastructure towards the rest of Europe, particularly the ARRR area (Antwerp-Rotterdam-Rhine-Ruhr). This is a must for both the modal shift and the transition towards a low-carbon society in Europe. Multi-user, multi-access infrastructure We intend to achieve our European ambitions with the development of multi-user/multi-access networks, across country borders, for products such as e.g. propene, ethene, propane, LPG and naphtha and their future bio or synthetic versions. In this kind of network, firms are not interwoven one-on-one, but multiple users, storage firms, as well as producers are connected to it. This poses a considerable challenge, as various parties and future users need to be brought together to achieve this. Our expertise and neutrality (Pipelink does not own any of the transported molecules) make us the perfect partner for the expansion of such networks. What is more, our parent company Port of Antwerp-Bruges, as a community builder, has a great deal of experience in forging such consortia. We therefore form an ideal team to take up this role. Interested in joining our network? Contact Pipelink  and take your place at the table.