Plano, Texas — Performance Pipe, a division of Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LP, is now an exclusive distributor of Supraflow brand gas pipe tap tees by Spain-based Grupo Torre for Canada and most of the United States.
The product offers utility operators a new option to streamline how to tap 4- to 18-inch pressurized polyethylene gas pipe lines with outlets of 4, 6 and 8 inches.
The gas tap tees comply with industry standard ASTM D2513 and are fabricated with Performance Pipe PE fittings, which are manufactured from a PE 4710 resin.
"We are proud to supply Supraflow gas pipe tap tees that offer an economical larger outlet tap without compromising on safety," Curt Shill, fittings manager at Plano-based Performance Pipe, said in a news release. "This innovative product is in stock and available to gas pipe markets where alternative solutions are more complicated and more involved."
Performance Pipe is one of the largest pressure pipe manufacturers in North America and has seven U.S. manufacturing facilities.
Grupo Torre manufactures the Supraflow tees with Performance Pipe's HDPE molded butt fusion tee fittings. Features and benefits include: reduced single-operator installation time; no interruption to gas service during installation; less excavation and restoration costs, resulting in reduced traffic and public disturbance; and the installation options allow for 360-degree orientation around the main pipe and the product itself.
"Supraflow gas pipe tap tees represent one the most efficient solutions currently available for gas pipe diversions and extensions," Daniel Guilló, commercial manager at Grupo Torre, said in the release. "We designed this product to make it operationally flexible, compact and easy and safe to install, which leads to less disruption to public life and higher cost savings for utility companies."
Based in Barcelona, Grupo Torre is an industrial company that says it has been developing system components and services for work on water, gas and steam networks since 1878.