New Pre-Insulated Pipe From Aspen Aerogels and Shaw Pipe Saves Installation Cost and Time at Canadian Oil Sands Site

    NORTHBOROUGH, Mass., Oct. 31 /CNW/ -- Aspen Aerogels is providing its
leading aerogel insulation material to Shaw Pipe's Insul-8(R) AG (above
ground) pre-insulated pipe, which will reduce total installed costs,
installation time and energy costs at the Athabasca Oil Sands reserve in
Alberta, Canada.
    Under a new contract with Suncor Energy Inc., Shaw Pipe will provide 800
meters of 24-inch, Insul-8(R) AG pre-insulated pipe for Suncor's Firebag
project. Shaw Pipe will pre-insulate the pipe at its Edmonton, Alberta,
facility prior to delivery to Firebag.
    Providing Suncor with a pre-insulated pipe is expected to significantly
reduce site insulation labor costs and be faster than insulating the pipe in
place at the congested, space-constrained Firebag site. It also will reduce
project impact on site traffic that is in close proximity to the pipe right of
    Insul-8(R) AG pre-insulated pipe contains Pyrogel(R) insulation
manufactured by Aspen Aerogels. The increased thermal performance achieved by
using Pyrogel(R) will allow Suncor to eliminate electric heat tracing on the
pipeline, saving both capital costs and operating expenses. Since aerogel is
more efficient than traditional pipe insulation, Suncor will also see
significant energy savings on this section of pipe.
    Insul-8(R) AG will deliver additional benefits to Suncor:

    - Space and weight savings: Aerogel is thinner and lighter than any other
    insulation, enabling the pipe to fit in space-confined areas. There will
    also be minimal freight cost for the insulation, since it will be
    transported on the pipe.
    - Reduced impact on site traffic: Materials and workers for insulating the
    pipe will be off site at Shaw Pipe's facility in Edmonton.
    - Reduced scaffolding requirements.
    - Minimized heat loss: Utilizing bolt-on pipe supports in place of welded
    shoes will reduce heat loss.
    - Reduced weather impact: Shaw Pipe will insulate the pipe indoors,
    eliminating weather-related schedule delays.
    About Aspen Aerogels, Inc.
    Aspen Aerogels supplies nanoporous aerogel insulation that is two to four
times more effective than traditional insulation materials. Aspen's insulation
solutions enable customers to conserve energy and save money in a variety of
industries including: oil and gas production and processing, LNG shipping and
storage, outdoor apparel, building construction, appliance, transportation and

For further information:

For further information: Mike Finkle of Aspen Aerogels, +1-508-466-3147,; or Geoff McFarlane of Shaw Pipe Protection, Ltd., 
+1-403- 218-8209, Web Site:    

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