One pipeline company benefitting from the resources boom is PPI Corporation. A private Australian owned company, it has been producing Polyethylene (PE) pipe in Brisbane for nearly 30 years.
However the boom has seen its large bore PE pipe capability increase from 160 to 800 millimetres over the last few years. To meet the growing demand, the company has had to install several new PE extrusion machines in their Brisbane plant as well as Adelaide where current capacity is now 400 millimetre pipe.
Previously, the company’s main PE pipe focus was with fluid transfer over a wide range of markets including mining. However approximately two years ago the company commenced supplying PE pipe for CSG recovery. Since then it has supplied PE pipes to numerous CSG recovery projects throughout Queensland and New South Wales.
Twelve months ago the company successfully tendered to the Queensland Gas Company for the supply of PE pipes for CSG recovery and for associated water removal at their Windibri project at Chinchilla. The company has also supplied PE pipes for CSG gas recovery project companies in New South Wales, including AGL in the Camden area.
A spokesperson for PPI said the company’s success over the years has largely been due to their ability to form strategic alliances with customers in all market segments.
Outside of Brisbane the company operates factories in Adelaide and Perth and has sales and warehouse facilities in all states.