Borealis: Company promotes innovation in Italy’s utilities sector

The importance of reliable infrastructure in the supply and distribution of essential goods such as water and gas took centre stage at a workshop for the Italian pipe industry organised by Borealis in Genoa, Italy on February 3, 2006. In many European countries water loss due to leakage in the distribution network remains a
significant problem. In the last few years the rate of loss has risen from 10 to 35 percent of the total volume of distributed water, the European Environment Agency reports.
Borealis brought together the major players in the Italian pipe chain, including local, regional and national authorities, pipe and pipe machinery manufacturers, converters, test institutes and infrastructure owners, to examine the key issues facing water and gas supply and define proposals to guarantee a qualitative utilities infrastructure.
According to Cino Serrao, Borealis Market Development & Public Affairs Southern Europe: “Co-operation between all the parties involved in the pipe chain for gas and water distribution infrastructure remains the most important way to ensure quality and
innovation. The need for improvement is clear and at Borealis we place great
emphasis on delivering value to our customers through marketing products and
technologies that can help social progress, economic development and environmental protection.”
Uplifting the networks’ value in terms of installation, longevity, durability and conservation of the water and gas supply is a top priority. Whilst Italy is privatising its utilities sector, there is a clear need for rules to guarantee a minimum standard of
quality. In certain Italian regions a loss of some 40 percent of drinking water through leaks and cracks in the water distribution pipeline can be noted, while 50% of the population of Mediterranean countries may face water shortages within the next 20 years, according to a report of the European Environment Agency. “In Italy, it is
estimated that a significant 50 billion Euros are required for improving the water system and 4 billion Euros for gas.” added Professor Alessandro Marangoni at the workshop.
Ways in which to guarantee the right investment and to ensure raw material
producers and all parties in the pipe chain can provide the continuous quality and innovation required were the top-line discussion points at the workshop.

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