Koch Brothers ‘Roll Out’ Nylon Pipeline Aimed at Shale Industry

An interesting development in the midstream (pipeline) business. Yesterday INVISTA, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, introduced a new nylon pipe aimed squarely at use in the oilfield–to flow both oil and natural gas (and NGLs). They call the new pipeline Raptorâ„¢ and claim it outperforms pipelines made of steel, composites and polyethylene. The maximum pressure the pipe can handle is 500 pounds per square inch (psi), which means it likely won’t be used for interstate pipelines. However, it’s perfect for local gathering pipelines because it’s quick and easy to install–saving time and money for drillers and midstream companies…

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