Frequently Asked Questions

Why use Fiberglass pipe versus steel?

There are many advantages in using Fiberglass pipe versus steel, some are listed below:

  • No corrosion in Fiberglass piping, longer life span.
  • Better flow efficiencies, smoother bore, less horsepower required to move product.
  • Lighter product and much easier to install with less equipment required.

Why use Fiberglass versus flexible piping?

  • Fiberglass pipe has a continuous inside diameter, no loss of I.D. due to fitting installs.
  • Fiberglass piping is 100% non-metallic versus steel fittings used on composite piping in a flexible system.
  • No worries of Fiberglass piping collapsing due to vacuum, Fiberglass pipe can handle full vacuum and has no liner to worry about.
  • Cyclic service is a non-issue with conventional stick Fiberglass.
  • With Fiberglass pipe you are not restricted to smaller diameter and lower pressure ratings.

Can Fiberglass pipe be used as a liner inside of steel? How far can it be pulled and what diameters can be used?

  • Absolutely and it has been done for over 40 years in all different types of service.
  • Depending on the pressure rating and diameter of the Fiberglass being inserted the lengths it can be pulled vary, however, as an example you could pull 1500m of 4″ 1000series star aliphatic amine cured epoxy pipe in one section and when connecting to a subsequent section of pipe the fitting to do that job would cost $290.00 versus a costly metallic fitting that is used on flexible piping systems.
  • Apex Western Fiberglass has inserted from 1 ½” – 12″ pipe in pressure ratings from 450 psi up to 4000 psi ranging in temperature applications up to 85° celsius.
  • In a liner application when using stick Fiberglass you DO NOT need to qualify your existing steel pipelines integrity prior to inserting our product, it IS your pressure barrier so there is no need to spend money on pre-testing the steel line as you would in inserting poly.

I heard there are two different “Star” Fiberglass pipe product lines, how does this work?

  • Yes, there are two different Star Fiberglass pipe products available. Apex Western Fiberglass distributes the original “STAR ALIPHATIC AMINE CURED EPOXY PIPE” and has since 1983. The other product line is Star Anhydride cured epoxy pipe and is NOT distributed by Apex Western Fiberglass. These two resin systems are different in many ways, one of them being STAR ALIPHATIC pipe which Apex Western Fiberglass distributes is a 93.3° celsius rated product versus Star Anhydride which is rated at 65.5° celsius. This is a very important factor when it comes to hot oiling. There is a detailed document in our TECHNICAL DATA section of our website explaining the different resin systems and their advantages.

I heard Apex Western Fiberglass has a quality control program that is used, can you tell me more?

  • Apex Western Fiberglass has developed a process to track vital QC information in the installation of their product(s) and can be implemented in the install of both Star Fiberglass tubular as well as Smith Fibercast products.
  • When an Apex Western Fiberglass technician is on site during the install of Star Fiberglass products he will work with the crew ensuring the product gets installed correctly as well as to train and help document all required QC information which will be presented to the customer upon completion of the project.

How much inventory do you have, and where are your locations?

  • Apex Western Fiberglass has an unparalleled inventory in both Star Aliphatic Amine Cured Epoxy pipe and Smith Fibercast products.
  • Apex Western Fiberglass has two locations, our head office is in Estevan Saskatchewan and we have a facility in Red Deer Alberta. Servicing areas from Norman Wells NWT to Manitoba.

What services can your “Star Aliphatic Amine” tubing be used in?

  • Apex Western Fiberglass has a very active down hole tubing program with the most activity being out of our Estevan office running tubing just about every day in injection wells, disposal wells, source wells and as liner systems in horizontal wells.

I haven’t used Fiberglass pipe before and heard it can fail if not put in right, how can you help?

  • As with any product if it is not installed correctly it is possible that it could fail. Apex Western Fiberglass prides itself with the level of commitment we put into helping our customers from product selection, assisting is system design, technical assistance in the installation and testing of the products and retention of records should they be required at a later date.
  • In evaluating Fiberglass failures in the past the areas of most concern are that of settlement which can come from un-even ditch bottom or at road crossings where there is an area of over excavation and proper support is not introduced under the pipe. These are very simple things to address and the use of a Apex Western Fiberglass technical program with a technician on site ensures these concerns are addressed.

Are there contractors available to install your products without Apex Western Fiberglass representation on site?

  • Yes we do know of a number of contractors with a high degree of skill in installing Fiberglass pipe, call us and we can help you find one in your area.

Can your products be installed in cold weather?

  • Absolutely, but with that being said there are some different installation techniques used which can be found in our installation manuals. When it comes to weather it is the installation crews ability to perform in the cold that limits the products installation.

Can I tie into your products at a later date?

  • Absolutely. When using our Star Aliphatic amine cured epoxy pipe it can be done as simple as cutting into the middle of the joint and removing the two sections and threading in the new piping configuration. This joining system uses a Teflon based lubricant which does not “set up” so un-threading a connection can be achieved with minimal work.
  • When tying into a Smith Fibercast piping system it is achieved by cutting into the piping with either a hacksaw or reciprocating saw, removing any un-necessary piping and applying a taper with a tapering tool then bonding the desired fitting onto the line.