Durapipe PLX fuels luxury yachts in Costa Rica

Durapipe PLX fuels luxury yachts in Costa Rica

Durapipe PLX, our leading fuel supply pipework system has been specified for an exciting new luxury marina development in Costa Rica.

Once complete in late 2009, Marina Papagayo will be the perfect five-star yachting oasis and provide a pivotal mooring destination for crafts cruising from the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and all points of the Pacific. It will also offer an authentic waterfront village housing shops, dining venues, bars and entertainment facilities, providing the perfect relaxation environment after a day of sailing.

The new marina is a custom-designed ultra-wide floating dock system, which will be able to accommodate 180 luxury watercraft of up to 220ft. From design to construction, every detail at Marina Papagayo has been approached with a mandate to deliver world-class service, with the fuel supply systems no exception.

To meet these requirements, contractor Pimesa was looking to partner with manufacturers that offer the world-class products and service that were needed to match the aspirations of the development. As a result, Durapipe UK was selected to supply all of the pipework for the fuel supply systems, which consisted of its PLX close fit secondary containment system in size 50#63mm, its PLX ‘pipe-in-pipe’ system in size 90#160 and a full range of PLX electrofusion fittings, couplers, tees and elbows.

The Durapipe PLX system was used to transfer the fuel from the main storage tanks at high level, along the wall of the marina and down to the filling station pontoon on the marina. As the pipework needed to be fitted above ground and will be exposed to the elements, a solution was needed that can cope with the varying conditions. The secondary contained option of Durapipe PLX is designed to limit impact damage so is ideal for above ground systems, whilst the UV light resistance properties ensure it will retain its high performance levels over the lifetime of the system.

Working outside in high temperatures, the contractors were also looking for a product that would be quick and easy to install. At approximately one sixth the weight of steel, the lightweight nature of Durapipe PLX means it is much quicker and easier to handle on site, compared with traditional metal systems.

Commenting on the project, Elkin Mejia from Pimesa said: “This is a very luxurious project development that has been sold on its world-class service, so it was important that all the products and systems that are installed as part of the project live up to this expectation and offer exceptional performance properties.”

“The quality of Durapipe PLX speaks for itself, and we were provided with technical back-up to match, with the technical support manager actually coming over to site to provide on-site training.”

The Durapipe PLX portfolio offers complete flexibility as it is available in either single wall or secondary containment pipe in sizes 32mm – 315mm. With an easy to use electrofusion jointing system, Durapipe PLX also has a wide operational temperature range from -20°C up to 50°C for optimum performance.

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