Pipeline coating developed at NAIT could Increase Safety, Lifetime and Productivity

Nait-PolytechnicNanotechnology pipeline coating could double the life of a pipeline.

A nanotechnology advancement being developed at Edmonton’s Northern Alberta Institute of Technology could hold the key to making pipelines safer.

Reg Allen of Meso Coat Technology Canada says the spray coats the inside of the pipe and could double the life of the line, even with something as corrosive as oil or gas flowing through it.

Western Diversification Minister Michelle Rempel was in Edmonton Friday to announce the government is giving the company $1.5 million to develop the technology.

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Western Diversification Minister Michelle Rempel announced the federal government is giving Meso Coat Technology Canada $1.5 million to develop the pipeline coating technology.  NAIT photo via twitter.

She says the coating could be used in a wide variety of industries, not just oil and gas.

Rempel says the company developing the coating needs to have specialized equipment to test the new materials and the federal money will help with that.

NAIT president and CEO Glenn Feltham says the technology can be applied to pipeline work, construction and mining equipment.

The Canadian Press