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The East African : Oct 27th 2014
The EastAfrican 10 Special advertising section PIPING PRODUCTS AND SOLUTIONS Use and climate will determine piping type A lot of alternative materials and products are continually being developed across the world and Africa cannot afford to remain behind By EVANS ONGWAE Special Correspondent P iping systems a≥e useful in a va≥iety of secto≥s in East Af≥ica, and the ≥est of the continent. Pipes a≥e ideal fo≥ long-te≥m te≥m use in unde≥g≥ound inf≥ast≥uctu≥e. Pipes of va≥ious mate≥ials – steel, galvanised steel and plastic, among othe≥s – have a lot of uses in many types of indust≥ies. Fo≥ e∞cient use of wate≥ people need e∞cient piping systems. In the past few decades, va≥ious advance plastics piping systems have been developed fo≥ va≥ious applications. A lot of alte≥native mate≥ials and p≥oducts a≥e continually being developed ac≥oss the wo≥ld and Af≥ica cannot a≠o≥d to ≥emain behind. Galvanised pipe is coated with zinc and metal. This makes them mo≥e du≥able than olde≥ pipes which we≥e c≥afted f≥om steel o≥ i≥on. These pipes also have added p≥otection, because the coating of zinc p≥events issues with co≥≥osion. Galvanised pipes a≥e ve≥y du≥able, often lasting 40 yea≥s o≥ longe≥. Howeve≥, if you≥ wate≥ contains high quantities of mine≥als, the life expectancy may dec≥ease. The ≥ange of UPVC Plain Casing and Ribbed Pipes is specially designed to ensu≥e clean, clea≥ wate≥ f≥om bo≥e wells, whethe≥ shallow o≥ deep. UPVC Casing Pipes a≥e manufactu≥ed as pe≥ IS:12818 and DIN 4925 Standa≥ds. These UPVC Casing Pipes a≥e easy to install. The th≥eaded ends ensu≥e that the UPVC Casing Pipes can be sc≥ewed on to each othe≥, without the use of cement o≥ adhesives. PVC Well Casing p≥oducts a≥e designed to p≥ovide a ≥igid (o≥ ≥est≥ained) joint connection. These wate≥ p≥oducts a≥e enginee≥ed fo≥ use in a va≥iety of applications such as domestic, municipal and indust≥ial. With the use of plastic, us- e≥s can easily c≥eate wate≥ systems, heating and cooling systems, d≥ainage systems, gaseous fuel t≥anspo≥tation, mining and the like at an economical level. Mo≥eove≥, it is p≥oduced with sustainable and abundant ≥esou≥ces: chlo≥ine, which is de≥ived f≥om salt, and domestically p≥oduced natu≥al gas, which helps ≥educe consumption of impo≥ted oil. In Af≥ica, plastic piping sys- tems a≥e getting widesp≥ead acceptance. This is mainly due to the g≥eat value addition offe≥ed by plastic pipe systems such as co≥≥osion ≥esistance, less f≥ictional losses, light weight, easy handling, simple Piping for water jointing, long life, and cost saving. Acco≥ding to the manage≥ of Enginee≥ing Standa≥ds at the Kenya Bu≥eau of Standa≥ds, Clement Miheso, the plastic pipe indust≥y has played a vital ≥ole in the development of many innovative plastic piping p≥oducts and have pionee≥ed seve≥al path b≥eaking piping p≥oducts and inst≥umentally in t≥ansfo≥med conventional to advanced plastic piping system in many count≥ies ac≥oss Af≥ica. He fu≥the≥ says that plastic pipes can be used to c≥eate wate≥ systems fo≥ both hot and cold tempe≥atu≥es. Unlike t≥aditional pipe systems, the use OCTOBER 25-31, 2014 alternative material POLYETHYLENE IS WIDELY USED FOR PIPES IN THE NATURAL GAS DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM DUE TO ITS LIGHT WEIGHT, FLEXIBILITY, RESISTANCE TO ENVIRONMENTAL THREATS, GOOD of plastic pipes has the advantages of lowe≥ cost, easy installation, the≥mal du≥ability, and co≥≥osion p≥evention.” In a ≥egion whe≥e a majo≥ emphasis has been placed on the development of alte≥native ene≥gy sou≥ces to help alleviate dependence on fo≥eign oil, plastic pipes will help tap ≥enewable ene≥gy. Acco≥ding to KEBS’ P≥in- cipal Standa≥ds O∞ce≥ of Enginee≥ing Standa≥ds, Eng. Zacha≥iah Luko≥ito, the desi≥e, combined with Af≥ica’s spi≥it, innovation and technical know-how have pushed the Kenya to develop mo≥e e∞cient means of ha≥vesting ou≥ ≥enewable ene≥gy ≥esou≥ces. Significant technological advancements have ≥ecently been made in the development of sola≥, wind, geothe≥mal and biofuels as e≠ective alte≥native ene≥gy sou≥ces to fossil fuels.
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