Intercept Technology Packaging Sacrifices Itself to Protect Oil & Gas Equipment During Shipment and Storage in the Gulf of Mexico and Beyond
Wrapteck is currently in negotiations with several companies in the oil and gas sector to bring this protective technology to the forefront of corrosion control. Wrapteck’s R&D team is collaborating with FPM-Vice President Randy Dutton on a new anti-corrosion intercept liner for the crude oil industry that will compliment an Intercept outer heat shrinkwrap which will greatly minimize if not eliminate completely the nearly $1,000,000 dollar price tag for a single crude oil tank refurbishment triggered by aggressive rust and corrosion. This is tremendous news for the petroleum industry both on and offshore and once again demonstrates that Intercept shrink film may be the most versatile and effective solution for corrosion control to ever come down the proverbial pipe line.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana (PRWEB) December 14, 2006
In years past, oil and gas equipment shipped on transoceanic freighters routinely suffered corrosion unless packed below deck and heavily coated with oil. Now equipment arrives clean and oil free, even when shipped on the top deck.
Under-Raps LLC, the Australia distributor for FPM Inc., a Michigan based company, which created Intercept Shrinkfilm, has successfully completed contracts with Corrocoat, Caterpillar Energy Power Systems, and UDR Group, to apply and protect large equipment bound for the offshore oil and gas industry with Intercept Shrinkfilm packaging.
“Intercept Technology is a reactive polymer developed by Bell Laboratories to be inserted into packaging to prevent corrosion without requiring the use of chemicals. Intercept Technology acts as a sacrificial barrier to corrosive gases by neutralizing them as they penetrate the polymer compound. Intercept also acts as a scavenger of any trapped corrosive gases present and neutralizes them. No chemicals or deposits are deposited on the protected metals”.
Intercept Technology resin, comprised of a highly reactive copper covalently bonded to the polymer, is co-extruded with industrial grade heat shrink film to make Intercept Shrinkfilm thus creating a super protective skin around equipment and electronics that are stored and shipped in a super corrosive environment like salt air and industrial corrosive gases. Intercept Shrinkfilm allows large, irregularly shaped items to be shipped by less expensive means, while providing superior protection for metals and elastomeric materials. Such protection against corrosive gases like chlorides, ozone, nitrous oxides, sulfides and wood emitted acids, can extend up to 10 years outdoors. Due to the copper construct of the inside layer, even mold and mildew are inhibited from forming on the surface thus making tropical shipments and storage of electronics and equipment irrespective of size and shape in humid climates safer.
Oil and gas projects successfully completed with Intercept include a complete encapsulation of drill rigs bound for West Africa, generator sets bound for new offshore platforms in Indonesia and Thailand, and boom protection for the suction dredge at Cockburn sound jetty in Australia. Most Recently FPM has expanded their business in the southern United States and awarded WrapTeck (a full service installation company – wrapteck.com) of Baton Rouge, Louisiana with the distribution rights for Intercept Shrinkfilm, and related reusable Intercept products, throughout the Gulf of Mexico.
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