Delivering Solutions to LNG & Petrochemical Sectors via UrePac ® Cryo Technology

Expertise in LNG & Petrochemical Sectors

Cryogenic Applications

Pacific Urethanes has a long history of supplying UrePac® Cryo PIR & PUR foam systems in the LNG and Petrochemical industry sectors world-wide. These foam formulations have all been independently tested to comply with International SINI Standards. Our technical experts are engaged in research and development providing innovative and sustainable technology to industry-wide thermal insulation solutions.

UrePac® Cryo closed-cell foam is used in applications that operate at temperatures that range from +70°C to -170°C. Formulations are available in a broad range of densities and compressive strengths amongst other properties, to ensure the performance characteristics of the product meet the unique requirements of the applications. In particular, UrePac® Cryo provides exceptional thermal insulation, featuring one of the lowest k-factors among insulation materials used in cryogenic applications.

Our Key Personnel

Colin New Market

Market Development Manager ASEAN

Colin Groom

Market Development Manager ASEAN

Colin has over 50 years of experience in formulating and application in the Polyurethane Industry. He spent his early career in the UK with Marley Foam and W R Grace before moving to Industrial Urethanes South Africa in the early 1980’s. Moving to Australia in 2001 Colin broadened his application and formulating skills to include elastomers and rigid foam systems and is now responsible for developing the market in the ASEAN region.

What is Cryogenic Insulation Systems?

Cryogenic Insulation limits the transmission of atmospheric heat in pipes or process equipment, maintaining the liquid or gas at its designated process temperature. The insulation must reliably prevent heat exchange between the pipes, tanks and plant structure. Cryogenic and below-ambient piping and tanks are insulated with closed-cell foam insulation, to ensure safe and efficient operations in these facilities.

Minimising heat gain is particularly important in cryogenic applications like LNG. So, installing PUR/PIR closed cell foam, as an insulation material that is both thermally efficient and moisture resistant, is critical.

Pacific Urethanes’ UrePac® Cryo foam systems are used in the manufacture of thermal insulation of industrial pipes, tanks, vessels and equipment used in cryogenic applications.

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Benefits & Design Features

UrePac® Cryo – Thermal Insulation Foam Solutions

UrePac® Cryo – Thermal Insulation Foam Solutions – benefits and design features to be taken into account when selecting UrePac® Cryo as your thermal insulation foam solution. Available as PUR or PIR where specifications call for enhanced fire performance.

Versatile Processing

  • Moulded in simple, relatively low pressure, low-temperature moulds
  • Poured-in-place on-site using relatively simple, low-cost equipment in a fast operation eliminating conventional fabrication methods
  • Able to be formed around a pipe or other structure following the exact geometry of the substrate
  • Can be made in block form and cut to shape

Properties Can Be Tailored

  • Formulations can be moulded at a range of different densities to change the Compressive Strength and other physical properties to suit the application.
  • No chlorine content in our formulations, eliminating potential corrosion issues

Low Energy Process

The 2 Component PUR/PIR reaction takes place at room temperature in warm moulds

Waste Foam Can Be Recycled

By granulating and using the powder as a filler in specifically designed parts

How Cryogenic LNG Applications Work?

Typical Challenge

LNG Requirements

There has been an ongoing search for new energy supplies resulting in the global rise in demand for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). This is because LNG is cheaper, energy efficient and has lower carbon emissions than coal fuels. However LNG, predominantly methane, is a natural gas that requires liquefaction and vaporisation. Since the liquefied temperature of natural gas is -162 °C at atmospheric pressure, maintaining the conversion from gas to liquid phase requires a High Thermal Performance Insulator.

To transport and store LNG, it needs to prevent:

  • energy losses through thermal inefficiencies
  • freezing of valves
  • surface icing
  • flammability after vaporisation

Our Solution – UrePac ® Cryo

LNG Processing Plants

LNG is piped from the drilling rigs to the processing plants, where it is liquified by cooling to Cryogenic temperatures. In order to sustain the liquid phase, it is critical to maintain the cryogenic temperature in the pipes, pipe supports, valves and flanges using high performance thermal insulation. UrePac® Cryo technology has been specifically developed to meet these challenges.

LNG Transportation

LNG takes <0.2% of the volume than its gaseous counterpart, meaning approximately 600 times the volume can be transported as a liquid compared to as a gas. It is therefore a highly efficient and cost-effective system to transport LNG through pipes which are heavily insulated with our PUR and PIR foam systems. Heavily insulated pipes are capable of maintaining temperatures as low as -170oC, ensuring that the liquid gas doesn’t re-gasify as it travels through the pipes. The gas is then loaded into non-pressured containers and gets re-gasified at an onshore facility.

Our Products

Cryogenic Insulation Applications

UrePac® Cryo – HD PUF Pipe Supports

Cryogenic Insulation Applications

UrePac® Cryo – HD PUF Pipe Supports

Insulated pipe supports provide insulation in the support area where regular pipe insulation cannot be installed. The formulation is optimised to ensure that the pipe support can both carry the load and allow the necessary movement at each support point. These pipe supports may be manufactured at densities from 160 kg/m3 to 500 kg/m3, moulded by standard foam dispensing equipment or hand-mixed and poured. They may also be cut from a poured foam block. These formulations are water-blown, meaning that they have zero Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) and minimal Global Warming Potential (GWP).

UrePac® Cryo – Pour-In-Place Cavity Filling Applications

UrePac® Cryo – Pour-In-Place Cavity Filling Applications

Valves need to be insulated to prevent freezing and remain operational. In the past, such valves would be insulated in a time-consuming manual operation. UrePac® Cryo low-density PIR formulations allow the valve and other items such as flanges to be insulated quickly and simply in-situ. These lower density formulations (40 – 60 kg/m3), normally used to fill cavities such as valve boxes and flanges, are processed at the pipeline site. The pour-in-place formulations are HFC-blown, therefore having zero ODP.

UrePac® Cryo – PIR Block Foam

UrePac® Cryo – PIR Block Foam

UrePac® Cryo formulations can be used to make PIR foam blocks which are then cut to pipe section or sheet form for pipe, tank and other technical insulation applications.

UrePac® Cryo – Pre-Insulated Pipes

UrePac® Cryo – Pre-Insulated Pipes

Instead of taking pre-cut pipe insulation to the pipeline installation locations, pipes can be insulated in the factory using UrePac® Cryo PUR & PIR formulations – either spray-applied or by rotationally cast methods, under controlled process conditions. In this way the pipe is delivered to the pipeline locations pre-insulated, with the subsequent labour cost savings and efficiencies.