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May/June 2008
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Polyethylene Pipe for Gas Gathering Covered in New Standard

Polyethylene PipeASTM International Committee F17 on Plastic Piping Systems has developed a new standard that covers the use of polyethylene pipe for gas gathering purposes. F2619/F2619M, Specification for High-Density Polyethylene (PE) Line Pipe, is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee F17.60 on Gas.

“Polyethylene pipe does not rust, rot or corrode, does not require cathodic protection and for many hazardous liquid applications can provide a cost-effective solution,” says Bill Adams, senior engineer, WL Plastics Corp., and a member of Committee F17. “But for use in federal regulations, a consensus standard is required. Hence the need for F2619.”

Gas gathering (getting gas from wells to production facilities) is a different application than gas distribution (getting gas to homes and businesses). While polyethylene pipes are commonly used for gas gathering in the United States, there are areas in which population density requires adherence to Federal Regulation CFR 49 Part 192, which states that polyethylene pipe must comply with D2513, Specification for Thermoplastic Gas Pressure Pipe, Tubing and Fittings. However, D2513 is a standard that covers pipe for gas distribution, not gathering.

Adams says Subcommittee F17.60 is hopeful that the U.S. Department of Transportation will incorporate F 2619 in U.S. codes for the transport of hazardous liquids and gases. “The incorporation of F2619 into federal codes will provide a non-corroding alternative for operators of hazardous liquid pipelines and provide operators of regulated gas gathering systems with polyethylene pipes that are specifically for gas gathering systems,” says Adams.

“One of the reasons for developing F2619/F2619M as an ASTM International standard is ASTM’s rigorous adherence to its policy on renewal,” says Adams, referring to ASTM’s policy that a standard must be reviewed for revision or reapproval every five years.

All interested parties, especially piping system operators, are welcome to join in the standards developing activities of Subcommittee F17.60.

CONTACT

Technical Information: Bill Adams, WL Plastics Corp., Cedar City, Utah

Phone: 435/867-8908

ASTM Staff: Robert Morgan

Phone: 610/832-9732