Amitech to supply FRP pipes for another small hydroelectric plant

Brazilian pipe manufacturer Amitech will supply large-diameter piping for another small hydroelectric plant (SHP) in Brazil.

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For the eighth time in 2007, Amitech has entered an agreement with a Small Hydroelectric Plant (SHP). Amitech, "the largest Brazilian manufacturer of fiberglass reinforced polyester (FRP) pipes, will supply 950 meters of piping to the SHP of Nhandu, which is under construction in the city of Guarantã do Norte, in the state of Mato Grosso, operated by Geraoeste Usinas Elétricas do Oeste.

“We will manufacture FRP pipes with 2,700 mm and 2,900 mm diameters, which will be installed to replace conventional square galleries of framed concrete. For these low pressure applications, the galleries are an expensive solution, and with a longer installation time than the FRP pipes,” says Luciana Paulo, Amitech's sales manager.

Four months ago, also in the state of Mato Grosso, Amitech was awarded to supply FRP pipes for the SHPs Pequi and Sucupira, both in the city of Jaciara. "In the case of such projects, the pipelines perform as forced conduits, in other words, they transport water from the reservoir to the machine house, to generate power," says Paulo.

According to Paulo, the FRP pipes have several benefits, particularly the absence of corrosion, an issue in metallic pipes. "It ends up by reducing the water flow, which is very complicated for the operation of a SHP, she emphasizes. Lighter weight FRP reduces installation costs as does the easy coupling system with a rubber ring. "Without mentioning the high mechanical and chemical resistance levels that characterize FRP pipelines," she says.

In 2007, SHPs represent 18 percent of Amitech’s total sales, with the remaining portion made up of water treatment and irrigation. "Such percentage may increase to 40 percent in 2008, once we bid to supply for an additional twenty-two SHPs that will be built," notes Paulo.

Controlled by two international groups "Inversiones Mundial from Colombia, and Amiantit from Saudi Arabia, Amitech is the biggest Brazilian manufacturer of fiberglass reinforced polyester (FRP) pipes. Established in 1999, the Ipeúna's plant, in the state of São Paulo, produces kilometers of pipes monthly, which are used by the agricultural, industrial, energy industries and water treatment. For further information: / /