Epoxy linings have long been the standard generic resin type when specifiers are selecting products for lining new steel potable water tanks or rehabilitating existing steel potable water storage tanks in North America. The one exception to this rule has been the Canadian potable water storage market. In Canada many specifiers have recognized the benefits offered by 100% Solids Elastomeric Polyurethane linings for 25+ years with admirable results.
Coating systems are critical in the mitigation of corrosion on pipelines and their integrated parts.
Epoxies offer a multitude of positive characteristics including: high adhesion at a chemical level,
excellent abrasion resistance, and reduced water permeation rates when compared to vinyl
esters. A newly engineered cold weather epoxy (“Epoxy-20F”) improves upon these epoxy
characteristics and exceeds that of vinyl esters.
It is fair to say that maintenance in the worldwide oil and gas industry has changed dramatically over the past ten years. Facility owners are more than ever looking to reduce shutdown times, to improve plant efficiency and to extend plant lifetimes. With this comes the increased industry understanding about corrosion under insulation (CUI) with its deleterious impact and the ongoing desire for pragmatic high performance and cost-effective coating solutions.