Under a new contract with Suncor Energy Inc., Shaw Pipe will provide 800 meters of 24-inch, Insul-8® AG pre-insulated pipe for Suncor's Firebag project. Shaw Pipe will pre-insulate the pipe at its Edmonton, Alberta, facility prior to delivery to Firebag.
Providing Suncor with a pre-insulated pipe is expected to significantly reduce site insulation labor costs and be faster than insulating the pipe in place at the congested, space-constrained Firebag site. It also will reduce project impact on site traffic that is in close proximity to the pipe right of way.
Insul-8® AG pre-insulated pipe contains Pyrogel® insulation manufactured by Aspen Aerogels. The increased thermal performance achieved by using Pyrogel® will allow Suncor to eliminate electric heat tracing on the pipeline, saving both capital costs and operating expenses. Since aerogel is more efficient than traditional pipe insulation, Suncor will also see significant energy savings on this section of pipe.
Insul-8® AG will deliver additional benefits to Suncor:
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