In the pipeline industry, there have been concerns about certain coatings providing “non- shielding” characteristics when applied to pipelines. In an effort to clarify these concerns and shed more light on the subject, we offer information about NACE standards and the role of tape coatings as applied to pipelines.
Over the years, several customers have requested information on how best to remove the Serviwrap or Maflowrap PVC/bitumen tape from a wrapped pipe. They are looking either to refurbish the pipe or modify the pipe run and are considering ways to clear the existing pipe protection.
Whilst this is an understandable request, it is not the easiest task to undertake because a key property of the Serviwrap and Maflowrap PVC/bitumen tape systems is that they adhere extremely well to pipes and are designed not to be removed. However, our recommendation on how best to undertake this operation is based on several factors: