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Corrosion & Abrasion-Resistant Pipe & Long-Life High-Pressure Flexible Mining Pipeline Systems

The unique properties of SoluForce’s abrasion resistant pipe system make it perfectly suitable for ore, mineral, water, chemical, and slurry transport in mining environments.

Why use SoluForce flexible pipe system in mining operations?
Every year, large sums of money are invested in maintaining and replacing damaged mining pipelines. In general, the lifetime of conventional steel pipes is relatively short due to abrasion and corrosion, and they often cannot cope with the challenging environments in which they are installed.

With a strong focus on reliability and sustainability, all SoluForce pipeline components can resist extreme loads while adhering rigidly to the safety standards typically found in mining operations. The SoluForce system is designed for static and dynamic operations and does not suffer from scaling or corrosion, resulting in an extremely reliable, safe and long-term solution. 

Due to the flexibility of SoluForce pipe systems, they can easily cope with drastic environmental and climatic challenges, including the stressors inherent to typical mining applications.

The SoluForce system is engineered to resist abrasion from solids and corrosion from fluids transported in mining applications, meaning that the SoluForce system lasts much longer than the alternatives. In fact, when operating within specifications, maintenance work is not needed during the pipe's lifetime (up to 50 years), preventing downtime and saving considerable time and investment.

With pipe lengths of up to 400 meters per coil, the SoluForce system can be delivered and installed quickly and easily with minimal crew and ROW. Add in relatively low cost and short delivery times, and you'll understand why an increasing number of mining operators choose SoluForce as their go-to pipeline solution.

SoluForce is revolutionizing the mining industry by offering solutions that are:

  • Resistant to abrasion and chemicals
  • Corrosion- and maintenance free
  • Short lead-times and quick to install
  • Flexible and light weight
  • Reusable
  • Low cost 
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Pipe Types

SoluForce Flexible Composite Pipe (FCP, also known as Reinforced Thermoplastic Pipe or RTP) is comprehensive and economical. For example, you can opt for pipes-and-fittings only, or extend this with a range of services and support. With up to 400 meter of pipe per coil and installation speeds of up to 2 KM a day, SoluForce has proven itself as the go to solution for quick and economical deployment of long lenght pipelines. Furthermore, a minimal ROW and installation crew is required to install the system, which can often be a challenge in the mining industry.

Our additional service include installation equipment for rent or purchase, as well as training of international and local workforces in the use of the SoluForce system to speed up installation and safely reduce your labor requirements. We can also assist with project management and help you find the right people for your mining pipeline project — or any combination of the above.

Because the SoluForce system can be completely non-metallic, including the fitting system, they are scaling and corrosion free. All SoluForce pipe systems have a abbrasion resistant smooth bore, which ensures a much lower flow resistance and improved flow capacity compared to alternatives. Moreover, their resistance to third-party interference, earthquakes, and landslides has been extensively proven and verified.

All SoluForce solutions comply with international standards (including API and ISO). Visit our track record page for more information on various SoluForce applications.

SoluForce Light ST 3D Render


Reinforced with synthetic fibre, SoluForce Light has a LCLRCRT ranging from 36 bar/ 522 psi up to 45 bar/ 653 psi. SoluForce Light provides an excellent and low cost solution for low to medium pressure.

SoluForce Classic ST 3D Render


Reinforced with synthetic fibre, SoluForce Classic has a LCLRCRT ranging from 90 bar/ 1305 psi up to 113 bar/ 1639 psi. Being fully metal-free, it is ideal for even the toughest applications. The GT (Gas Tight) version has the added benefit of being non-permeable.

SoluForce Heavy ST 3D Render


Reinforced with high-strength steel wire, SoluForce Heavy has a Pburst,min ranging from 243 bar/ 3524 psi up to 450 bar/ 6527 psi. The GT (Gas Tight) version has the added benefit of being non-permeable, and the HT (Hight Temperature) version can transport fluids at temperatures of up to 105°C/225ºF – a level of performance unmatched by any other flexible composite pipe available today.

SoluForce 3D Render Heavy HT

High Temperature (HT)

Our SoluForce Heavy HT has a design temperature of 105°C/ 225ºF and actual operating temperature of 85°C/ 185°F – a level of performance unmatched by any other Flexible Composite Pipe (or RTP) available today.

SoluForce Heavy GT 3D Render

Gas Tight (GT)

With a uniquely manufactured bonded aluminum layer, light components and gasses are not able to permeate out of the SoluForce GT pipe. Resulting in the industries only completely Gas Tight Flexible Composite Pipe (or RTP) system. 

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Fitting Solutions

High performance fitting solution, providing reliable connectability. With the electrofusion and single swage fitting solutions, the fluid never come into contact with the metal parts of the fitting system.

For higher pressures or extreme mining operations, the heavy duty double swaged fitting system in combination with SoluForce Heavy is the system of choice. This system is optimized for high axial loads and dynamic operations. Any flange type is possible, connected to the fitting using Grayloc or weld stub.

All fittings can be disconnected quickly to allow for easy relocation of the pipeline.

Multiple flange ratings are available. All steel parts can be produced according to your material specifications.

SoluForce 3D Render Electro Fusion end fitting

Electrofusion fittings

The non-metallic fittings and connectors used with the SoluForce Light, Classic and Heavy systems rely on electrofusion. Electrofusion requires only limited equimpent and crew to create a safe connection. It's quick and proven to be maintenance-free and durable.

SoluForce 3D Render Single Swage end fitting with insert

Single swage fittings

For onshore high pressure applications our single swaged fitting system, with non-metallic lining, is the fitting system of choice. The single swage system is fully corrosion free and combines strength with cost effectiveness.

SoluForce 3D Render Double Swage end fitting

Double swage fittings

For high performance and offshore operations, SoluForce offers heavy duty double swaged fitting system. This fitting system is optimised for extremly high pressures, high axial loads and dynamic operation. It's available as standard with Grayloc connections, but weld stub and other user-specific connections are possible.

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SoluForce has an extensive track record, with over 4.000km of SoluForce pipes installed since the year 2000. First RTP offshore usage was in Brunei with a SoluForce system. Since then, SoluForce has been used in a wide variaty of offshore applications all around the world. From risers in the waters of Malaysia to near shore LPG transport lines in Fiji. Learn more about SoluForce and our track record.

Service and Support
SoluForce fittings and connectors are easy to install and need only limited crew and equipment. Installations can be supported by a SoluForce technician or a local contractor can be trained to install the system.

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The Perfect Pipe for Mining Industry Applications

SoluForce pipe systems are resistant to harsh chemicals and corrosion, so they are ideally suited to slurry transport of aggressive materials and even strong acids, salts, and bases. In addition to performing well when handling difficult substances, Soluforce pipes are non-toxic, making them perfect for supplying potable water to mines and in recovery and treatment scenarios. 

Unlike their steel equivalents, SoluForce Flexible Composite Pipes are very lightweight, meaning lower transportation costs and less complex installation scenarios — a feature that’s extremely important for mine shafts, where pipework is often mounted overhead.

Finally, when correctly installed, a Reinforced Thermoplastic mining pipeline has a lower risk of static discharges and will cope with the harshest of environments, standing up to intense thermal shock, ground settlement, earthquakes, and other acts of nature.


SoluForce Pipes and the Environment

According to research from the CDP, issues such as flooding and declining water quality pose significant threats to the future growth and success of companies operating in the mining industry. SoluForce’s electrofusion and single swage fittings, combined with long pipe lengths that require fewer joints, mean that our pipes significantly lower the risk of leakages compared to aging concrete or steel installations with weakened weld rings and couplings. 

As well as being less prone to leaks from cracking or poorly sealed joints, FCP pipes solutions are completely corrosion and maintenance-free. Ultimately, that means a longer service life and a far lower lifetime CO2 output.



Frequently Asked Questions

Regardless of the different lengths and wall thicknesses of steel pipe, SoluForce Flexible Composite Pipes offer a more practical and economical solution for mining applications. Both mild and carbon steel pipe, as well as induction hardened pipes need to be cut and welded during installation every 12 meters, necessitating flanges, weld rings and other modifications to the wall of the pipe that can compromise integrity — especially in abrasive applications such as slurry pipelines. 

Although SoluForce pipes require joints and couplings, they are metal-free and joined by electrofusion, with the pipes available in far longer lengths than steel pipes (up to 400 meters), meaning fewer joints/couplings overall. This makes for greater installation flexibility (especially over long distances) and greater resistance to both external shock and internal abrasion compared to steel pipe systems — not to mention the fact that SoluForce pipes are completely impervious to corrosion.

SoluForce pipes have been installed in harsh climates and adverse terrain all around the world, from humid jungles to arid deserts. Mining companies have used SoluForce pipe systems for slurry transport of abrasive materials to the top of mountains, in pipe lengths exceeding 1,000 meters each — with install times of just a few days, saving considerable time and money. 

With an operating life of up to 50 years, combined with low susceptibility to abrasive wear, SoluForce pipes require little to no maintenance when correctly installed and operated within the operating parameters. In addition, the long pipe lengths, minimal joints and couplings and flexibility means they can be laid quickly and efficiently even in harsh environments — perfect for slurry pipelines and overhead pipes in mineshafts.

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