Copper concentrate - press feed lines

Copper concentrate - press feed lines

BHP Billiton,
Australia | 2014

Working conditions:
60°C, 9 bars
Pipes used:
Pexgol 180, Class 15 / Pex-Lined
Carbon Steel (PLCS) fittings
Copper transportation
Short sections

The Challenge
BHP used to transport concentrated copper, through a 6” rubber lined carbon steel (RLCS) and HDPE pipes that suffer from constant abrasion and corrosion.
From the maintenance point of view, repeating leaks were consuming too much time from the team, which could be allocated attending scheduled maintenance operations. So, they required a more resisting pipe material.
The Solution
Short sections of Pexgol pipe 180 mm, Class 15 with Pex-Lined Carbon Steel (PLCS) fittings were provided. The line installation took a day to layout and a day to assemble. The quick and secured flanged couplers allowed the team to work effectively in multiple locations of the line, without depending on a welding machine, or coordinating special safety zones. The line showed no leakage at start up.



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