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Case Study: Smoothing the Supply of Natural Gas in Europe

09/01/2012

UPP pipe installation in SlovakiaThe addition of UPP brand pipework systems to Franklin’s product offering, the broadest of its kind, has led to numerous exciting opportunities for Franklin to provide complete system solutions to its customers. Take for example the Láb UGS facility of Slovakia, where a multitude of products from different lines came together to show the increased range and depth of solution on a global scale.

From the international perspective, Slovakia plays an important role in the European gas industry. Transporting one-fifth of the natural gas consumed in western European countries, it is one of the largest natural gas transit countries. Before the end of its path across Slovakia, the transported natural gas reaches Záhorie, where Nafta Gbely stores the product at its Láb Underground Gas Storage Facility (Láb UGS). The Láb UGS facility is a complex for natural gas storage, developed by converting the gas fields in the Láb, Suchohrad-Gajary, Jakubov and Malacky areas near the point where the gas transit transmission pipeline forks into its western and southern branches.

Three FE Petro Pumps were installed in the underground storage tanks that collect logging water (water mixed with methanol), methanol and gasoline. From here the mixtures run to the aboveground storage tanks. A collection truck then arrives to ecologically dispose of this content at a refining plant. During this process the first fraction of chemicals that are drawn off (foreshots) may be collected and transported back to an underground storage tank via 110/160 mm UPP pipework. An INCON TS-5000 Fuel Management System along with multiple sensors were installed to monitor the interstitial space as well.

Here, in one of the most important hubs of the European gas network, we see a range of Franklin products chosen for their long standing providence as being reliable, efficient, long lasting and both ecologically secure and environmentally safe.

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