Swedish icebreaker pipe systems to be replaced with GRE
Swedish icebreaker ‘Atle’, one of a pair to be given GRE pipes from Future Pipe
Future Pipe Industries has announced an order for the supply of glass fibre reinforced epoxy (GRE) pipe systems for two ice breakers for the Swedish Maritime Association.
The project is being undertaken in collaboration with FPI’s Swedish contractor Scanunit, and covers replacement of 1200m of pipe in each ship.
Marc Groenewoud, Unit Manager Shipbuilding of FPI said: “we are very pleased that our co-operation with Scanunit is already so successful. Securing this project is testament to the fact that our collaboration has a lot of synergies for both of our organisations.”
He added: “Scanunit will be leading this project and FPI will supply the material to Lulea, in the North of Sweden. Both prefabrication (alongside) and installation of the spools will be done by trained Scanunit fitters in close co-operation with FPI. Before mounting the new system in the ships, the existing steel pipes will be removed. Together with the GRE piping Scanunit will install new plate heat exchangers and Boll & Kirch filters. So we can speak of true turn key project management”
The Icebreakers, Atle and Frej, are 104m length oa with a beam of 23.5m. Each is powered by five Pielstick PC 2.2 engines, with total output of 22,000 bhp. They operate with a crew of 20-22.
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