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Record breaking culverts speed up road project in the Arctic Circle

Posted: Monday 19th November 2012

Leading water management solutions company, Asset International ltd (Asset), has supplied Europe’s largest ever Weholite plastic road culverts for use as part of an infrastructure project in the northernmost part of Norway.

The Lebesby based project aims to modernise the oldest road between the regions of East and West Finnmark, where winter temperatures can go as low as -50 degrees celsius, making it possible to cross Ifjordfjell mountain all year round.

The road crosses several rivers and streams and the local road authority needed large culverts that would stand the test of time, but also enabled the contractor, Roy Inge Thomassen AS, to quickly complete the installation.

This summer Asset’s specialist water management solutions team provided the second of two 3.5 diameter Weholite culverts needed for the Vestre Guttojohka river. The size of the culvert sets a new European record.

On the bottom of the culverts, a thick layer of rocks and pebbles slows down the water, making it easier for fish and other marine species to travel through the pipe.

Asset’s European partner, Geosyntia, has a great deal of experience delivering many types of products for road projects and has introduced Weholite to Norwegian road builders. Sales Manager Robert Osvaldsen at Geosyntia describes the project as “groundbreaking” and “highly successful”, despite the challenges involved in transporting pipes of that size over 2,380 miles from the Asset factory in South Wales to inside the Arctic Circle.

Geosynthia Managing Director, Terje Ottesen, says: “Our customers generally don’t find talking about culverts to be very interesting, but as we present the benefits of Weholite, they usually get excited once they realise that we can help them lower the lifecycle costs of a project, and drastically shorten the installation time. Most of them didn’t know that polyethylene pipes of this size existed and are amazed at the benefits that can be realised as a result of the technology.”

Simon Thomas, Asset Managing Director, added “The Norway culvert project represented a huge logistical feat for us on account of the scale of the pipes and the distance they had to travel. It is testament to the skill of our engineers and the organisational capabilities of our logistics partner, Locher Evers, who transported the pipes by road and sea, that the whole operation was so successful”




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