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Application of Reinforced Composite Piping (RCP) Technology to Liquefied Petroleum Gas Distribution

DOI: 10.3923/rjasci.2011.197.204

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The age of natural gas and its derivatives like Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) has finally arrived. All vital signs point to its significant increasing role in the total energy picture around the world and it currently applies for one quarter of the world energy supply. Nigeria has abundant gas resources but its effective distribution to meet domestic and industrial needs is a problem the industry must solve. Gas distribution to various homes is operational in different parts of the world but very limited in Nigeria. Currently Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) is distributed using bottles. The problems of safety associated with the bottled gas and its transportation can be avoided by the use of pipelines. The need therefore arises to design gas pipelines with appropriate and cost-effective materials to supply the homes. Pipelines ensure uninterrupted supply of gas to homes for use. This research evaluates the application of Reinforced Composite Piping (RCP) technology in Nigeria and its economic implication. This technology is suited to replace the traditional metallic structures and plastic pipes in the industry by filling critical areas for durable, cost-effective piping systems, excellent corrosion resistance and maintenance free performance. The capacity of RCP pipes to resist fatigue and provide design/fabrication flexibility makes it a suitable technology for effective Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) distribution.

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