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Infrastructure in Critical Need of Repair, but Federal Spending Down 9%

Damaged pipelines are a ticking time bomb

Eight-year-old Troy Douglas was killed walking home from school when an explosion rocked his Baltimore neighborhood in 2014. The pipelines in the vicinity of the disaster ranged from 84 to 106 years old, some of them cracked and corroded.

Baltimore Gas and Electric, the utility company responsible for the piping, was unable to determine the cause of the blast. State investigators found a cracked and corroded six-inch line planted during the Great Depression in the area of the explosion. Records show the same pipe had been repaired twice in the months leading up to the explosion.

Between 2006 and 2015, incidents similar to the one in Baltimore have killed an average of 13 people annually. Fifty-nine people are injured every year, according to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), a division of the Department of Transportation (DOT).

 The natural gas industry says it is replacing aging pipelines, but the rate of replacement depends on dollars available. A Department of Energy report estimates it would cost $270 billion to replace all of the aging pipelines. Read the whole article here.

HydraTech engineered products are helping natural gas utilities repair pipelines for a fraction of the cost of replacement. Learn more at

The U.S. natural gas pipeline network is a highly integrated transmission and distribution grid that can transport natural gas to and from nearly any location in the lower 48 States. Learn more about the grid at

Case Study 

Gas Pipeline – North Texas Region

The customer was experiencing external corrosion on a buried transmission pipe as a result of coating failure. They requested a solution to eliminate the external corrosion and structurally renew the pipe system to its original design conditions.

Engineered Solution
The HydraWrap Pipe wrap repair system was selected. The HydraWrap repair system is an engineered product that provides a cost effective repair solution with a proven history of quality repairs.

A long-term repair solution was requested to remediate corrosion anomalies at seventy-one dig site locations. This process would include structural rehabilitation of the pipeline from its current condition to the original design specifications, by using the HydraWrap carbon fiber reinforcements system.

Each location was media blasted to SSPC-SP10 / NACE 2 near white specifications. Individual assessments were performed on identified anomalies. Each anomaly was repaired according to the direction provided by HydraTech engineers. The HydraWrap system utilizes bidirectional carbon fiber fabric and proprietary 100% solid epoxies, which provided a long term cost effective solution for the client’s pipeline repairs.

Learn more about HydraWrap from this 3-minute video

Fun Fact 

There are 189 things named after George Washington: 1 state, 7 mountains, 8 streams, 10 lakes, 33 counties, 9 colleges, and 121 cities, towns and villages!

Address aging pipe challenges cost-effectively with HydraTech’s trenchless solutions.
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