Shanghai – BASF and Shanghai Harvest Insulation Engineering have signed a joint development agreement to develop prefabricated cryogenic pipes. They will be made with BASF’s Elastopor Cryo rigid polyurethane system.
The agreement was signed at the China LNG & Gas International Exhibition & Summit. This was held in Shanghai in late June.
‘Harvest and BASF have been strategic partners since 2019, and have been working on the development of innovative polyurethane products for the fast-growing cryogenics and shipbuilding industries in China,’ said Rohit Ghosh, who is BASF’s Asia Pacific head of business management for construction industry performance materials.
BASF will continue to offer technical service, product development and testing at its laboratories. Harvest will design and make the prefabricated pipes.
BASF said its Elastopor Cryo system has a limiting oxygen index of more than 30%, and also has good strength. In addition to pipe insulation, BASF said the system can be used to make core insulation materials for cryogenic containment systems for LNG. This fuel may need to be shipped at temperatures ranging from -60°C to -163°C, it said.