December 2014, Vol. 241, No. 12

Features

Plastic Pipe Where Past Is Prelude

Although plastic pipe has been actively used in the natural gas industry since the late 1950s, it is still considered by some to be the “the new kid on the block.” Perhaps one of the key reasons for this reputation is the fact that the plastics industry continues to push the envelope in creating higher performance materials that inspire new compositions and installation techniques. And the main benefactors are gas utilities, exploration and production companies and ultimately their customers. The first high-density polyethylene (HDPE) gas line was installed in Caney, KS, in 1959. At that time, HDPE truly was a new material, having just been invented in 1951. A few ye

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