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3 Essential Insights every Pipeline Operator Should Know About Thermal Insulation

Thermal insulation is a vital component in any pipeline operation. As pipelines grow and the global demand for oil and gas increases, it becomes more and more important to make sure that your pipes are insulated properly.  

Before laying your next pipe, check out these three essential insights every pipeline operator must know about thermal insulation.

1. Your pipeline insulation should do much more than protect against heat and pressure.

While yes, the main purpose of thermal insulation is to protect your pipes from extreme pressure and temperatures, the best thermal insulators, like ThermoTRON®, will resist:

  • Corrosion,
  • Weathering,
  • Seawater,
  • Fungus,
  • Impact,
  • Sea life, and more.

Corrosion prevention is probably the most important potential bonus aspect of quality thermal insulation. As you know, if left unchecked, corroded pipelines have a significantly higher risk associated with them and can lead to disastrous oil spills.

Corrosion isn't the only thing you should worry about when it comes to your pipeline insulation, however. Aging is also a major concern. As time goes on, materials start deteriorating from natural processes such as erosion or weathering. Fortunately, the right thermal insulation will protect against all of this.

2. Thermal insulation is an investment that can actually help save you money.

The second thing every pipeline operator should know about thermal insulation is that it can help save you money. 

Because a quality insulation system will reduce corrosion and slow down aging, you won’t have to spend as much on costly repairs or replacements.

Additionally, the longer you can go between replacing parts or pipelines, the more time you have to make even more profit by building up reliable infrastructure for production which could lead to higher returns in investment funds.

3. The right installation method can be the difference between a long-lasting pipe and a lawsuit.

If insulation isn't installed properly, it can lead to even more costly repairs or replacements down the line and potential lawsuits.

The best way to protect against all of this is by having an experienced professional, like those at Mark Tool & Rubber, coat your pipelines. A proper installation will help inhibit corrosion and slow aging, all the while maintaining structural integrity. Substandard materials and improperly trained "professionals" installing your insulation can cause these issues to occur.

By choosing a credible and reputable company to install your thermal insulation, you can rest assured that you won't have any issues in the future. That’s why the world’s leading oil and gas companies trust Mark Tool with their pipelines.

Our revolutionary ThermoTRON® is a high-temperature wet insulation system intended for use in hull piping, splash zone protection of risers, and subsea jumpers that require an internal operating temperature of 350°F or above. Contact us today to request a quote!

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