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The second Applied Market Information (AMI) Pipeline Coating 2010 global technology conference is scheduled to take place in February in Vienna.

The event will feature market studies, including an overview from Noru Tsalic, and a specialist paper from Tial on Russia and the Commonwealth Independent States (CIS).

Pipelines are being developed worldwide to meet the rising demands for energy and water and pipeline integrity is being studied to reduce loss in transmission and to handle increasingly hostile environments.

Research will be presented at Pipeline Coating 2010 from all branches of the industry from operators to test laboratories.

From cement composites to FBE, self-healing polymers and layered polyolefins, new coating materials have been produced and are undergoing extensive trials in the laboratory and in field testing.

Exxonmobil, for example, has reviewed the procedure for pipe coating selection based on current trends.

Pipe coating companies are undertaking much of the new research.

Salzgitter-Mannesmann Forschung is looking at alternative adhesion promoters with Europipe and Mulheim Pipecoatings, while Tuboscope/Vetco has been testing polymeric coatings for wet sour gas applications.

Pipeline in rough terrain, such as blasted-out rock trenches, requires additional protection; a thin layer of fibre-reinforced engineered cementitious composite (ECC) material has been developed by Li, Fischer and Lepech and Associates, a group of researchers.

It maintains the ability to bend while providing mechanical protection.

The Southwest Research Institute has developed a diamond-like carbon (DLC) coating for the inner surface of pipes for wear, erosion and corrosion protection.

Fusion-bonded epoxy (FBE) materials have been developed by Dow Coating Materials and Akzo Nobel Powder Coatings, while Arkema has tested the limits of HDPE/adhesives.

Canusa-CPS has carried out a study of field joint coating methods and materials worldwide.

Girth weld internal coatings have been tested in the Ubarana water injection pipeline by Petrobras.

A polymeric network coating (PNC) has been developed by 3M to improve offshore joint integrity; it adheres to FBE without the need for a polyolefin adhesive.

Dow Hyperlast has made advances in glass syntactic polyurethane (GSPU) onsite coating mixing machinery.

Offshore pipe coatings will be a significant feature at the event.

A thermal insulation system for bonded single pipes in subsea deep water environments has been developed by Bredero Shaw.

Experience from operation and the long-term testing of the thermal insulation of the flowlines on the Kristin high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) field will be outlined by Statoil.

Subsea polypropylene multilayer coatings are used in insulation and corrosion protection.

Borealis has reviewed the different PP materials in use in locations such as BP Thunderhorse, Blindfaith, Kizomba, offshore West Africa and Petrobras Hybrid.

Stopaq has worked with BASF on a cost-effective poly-isobutene elastomeric subsea coating.

Integrity testing is a regular issue for pipeline operators.

Petrobras has studied the effect of the coating holiday diameter on the cathodic disbondment test.

A review of the ageing of coating materials has been undertaken by Berry Plastics.

The pipeline industry is continuing to push forwards as governments move to secure additional supplies of increasingly scarce resources from more remote regions.

Pipeline operators are working in harsh conditions to complete transmission and distribution networks.

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