What’s The Advantage of UPP® Pipework Over Steel?

Discussing the advantages of non-corrosive UPP® Pipework.

With over 80 years of fueling installation history, analysis has shown that more than 70% of leaks from petrol installations come from the underground [steel] fuel lines, while less than 30% come from tanks. Polyethylene fuel pipe provides a safe, secure alternative to steel for the transport of fuel products. UPP™ pipework from Franklin Fueling Systems is made from PE100 Polyethylene with an EVOH resin barrier and retains its integrity for the lifetime of the installation without danger to health, safety or the environment.

UPP™ has a life expectancy of 50+ years in service. UPP™ pipe cannot corrode, absorbs hydraulic hammer and does not rely on backfill materials for structural integrity, making it resistant to damage during installation. This means that UPP™ pipework incurs zero maintenance costs. Steel is vulnerable to corrosion that significantly reduces life span. Steel is also affected by high friction losses that get worse as the pipe corrodes over time.

UPP™ pipe is available in both sticks and coils, which combined with the patented electrofusion process results in quick and easy installations in almost any weather
condition. The electrofusion process reduces installation time by up to 1/5th compared to steel pipework. The highly flexible UPP™ pipe requires fewer fittings than steel and
can easily flex to navigate bends in the pipeline without the need for elbow joints, making installations quicker and easier. UPP™pipe is up to 1/6th the weight of steel pipe,
making it safer and easier to handle during installation, as well as less expensive to transport.

Unlike steel, UPP™ pipe has EN and UL approval and regional approval ratings all over the world. UPP™ is specified by the world’s leading marketers including Shell, STATOIL, ExxonMobil, Petron and Puma Energy. UPP™ has been selected for more than 48,000 petrol stations in over 150 countries since 1981. Over 20 million meters of installed pipe around the world attest to the reliability of UPP™ pipework.

UPP™ pipe features an innovative clear inner lining made of natural EVOH resin to  provide maximum pipe strength and superior vapor permeation and hydrocarbon barrier qualities. As UPP™ piping doesn’t corrode it maintains high flow rates throughout its life. Internal corrosion in steel pipe increases its roughness which increases pressure losses, reducing flow rates.

Steel pipework often uses concrete as a low cost method of containment, but this is not impermeable and can lead to contamination. When single wall steel or galvanised pipework leaks hydrocarbons into the ground it may take months or years to be revealed; meanwhile many thousands of litres of fuel could be lost.

For UPP™ pipework Franklin created Gemini™ secondary containment fittings, the only secondary containment system offering the ability to completely install the primary pipework system and execute integrity testing before closing the secondary system. Gemini™ provides up to 50% reduction in primary and secondary fittings and up to 50% reduction in fusion weld operations. A range of Electrofusion Termination Fittings and Electrofusion Entry Seals, plus Electrofusion electrical and data conduit ensures a 100% leak tight system with no potential leak paths.

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