ExxonMobil has been working with the South Korean-based Pohang Iron and Steel to develop new pipes manufactured from high-manganese steel.
ExxonMobil’s Energy Factor website reported that the steel ensures the pipes are able to resist wear and have a longer service life, as well as reducing the effects of erosion caused by slurry by up to five times the industry standard.
The new pipes have a strength of 10,546 kg/cm2 due to the use of manganese, chromium, and carbon in the steel.
High-manganese steel also has the ability to self-heal by forming stronger and more resilient layers after it has been pummelled by abrasive rocks and untreated oil sands.
They will be used by ExxonMobil to transport resources – including heavy soil sands – produced in Canada.
For more information visit the Energy Factor website.
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