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World's biggest glass-reinforced pipeline project under way

Post Time:Nov 28,2008Classify:Industry NewsView:358

Azerbaijan which became an independent nation in 1991, when the Soviet Union was dissolved, is becoming one of the most important spots in the world for exploration and production. Azerbaijan is enjoying extremely rapid development of its infrastructure and the whole economy, in general. At present, there is an impressive project under way – the construction of a 265-km composite pipeline for transporting water, which is, in fact, the world's biggest high-pressure, large-diameter glass-reinforced plastic pipe project.

The Oguz–Gabala–Baku 2-m-diameter water pipeline will bring water from freshwater wells in Oguz, in the northern part of Azerbaijan, through Gabala to the capital city of Baku, on the Caspian Sea. The total length of the pipeline will be 265 km and, since the source of the fresh water is 410 m above sea level, the pipeline is gravity-fed and does not require any pumps in the whole system.

Unlike most pipelines, which require pumps, the Oguz–Gabala–Baku water pipeline project has to have pressure adjusting stations along the way. A head pressure of 410 m results in a pressure of 40 bar but the highest pressure in the whole system will be 25 bar. The investor in the project is Azersu, the Azerbaijan Water Ministry.

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Source: engineeringnews.co.zaAuthor: shangyi

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