ECONOMIC ADVANTAGES OF HDPE CONDUIT
HDPE conduit provides excellent value and long-term reliability for underground installation of electrical power and telecommunications
cables. It offers unmatched corrosion and chemical resistance, is flexible and durable, and is available in long coil lengths to
reduce joints and installation time.
Since HDPE conduit can be installed using methods such as Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD), plowing and laying in open
trenches, specifiers and contractors can select the most economical and appropriate installation technique to suit a project,
saving installation time and costs .
Installation Savings with HDPE Conduit
Long-term Savings with HDPE Conduit in Underground Installations
- Long coil lengths speed installation
- HDPE conduit follows trench contours and can be installed around obstacles underground
- Low Coefficient of Friction (COF) - allows for longer and faster cable installations, and manholes can be placed farther apart
Underground Power Cables
- Reduced Maintenance Repair & Operation (MRO) costs for tree trimming and ground clearing
- Reduced risk of damage to assets caused by external factors such as vehicles and wildlife
- Eliminated aging of poles, exposed switches, supports and insulators
- Improved service reliability by eliminating disruptions caused by weather, vehicles and wildlife
- Reduced costs of Right of Way (ROW) acquisition and maintenance
Underground installation of power distribution lines using HDPE conduit is a reliable, sustainable and economical solution.
By utilizing modern horizontal directional drilling (HDD) technologies, underground power installations can be far less
disruptive than installing aerial power lines. When utilities have a choice between burying power lines underground and
installing aerial power lines in vulnerable or unsightly locations, PPI encourages them to analyze lifetime costs of
underground vs. aerial installations on a case-by-case basis, considering technical, economic and environmental factors.
See Position Paper - Underground vs. Aerial Installation of Power Lines