Deep sea travel with Aliaxis

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NAUSICAA, the French National Sea Centre in Boulogne-sur-Mer (France)

Photo: Sophie and Jacques Rougerie

Aliaxis products behind the scenes at Nausicaa

Aliaxis products behind the scenes at Nausicaa

May 2018 saw the inauguration of the expansion of the largest aquarium in Europe.

Dedicated to the high seas ecosystem, Boulogne Sur Mer’s Nausicaa in the north of France is a real technical and bio-marine achievement. The fourth largest aquarium in the world, it welcomes manta rays, sharks and other exotic fish. The challenge was to create an astonishing underground supply network drawing sea water directly from the English Channel through four huge 250-metre long pipes.

In the past, Nausicaa already relied on FIP products so they knew our quality and reliability. For the expansion, Friatec provided its expertise on piping and connection pieces, while FIP valves and filters were installed, including the 400mm butterfly FK valves – the first time this largest model in the FIP range was installed in France.

The expansion of Nausicaa had to be completed in two years and without delay to avoid endangering any marine animals. Now, the 60,000 residents of the aquarium can enjoy a pleasant and long life in their new home.

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About Aliaxis

Aliaxis is a global leader in the manufacturing and distribution of advanced plastic piping systems. The company provides people around the world with sustainable innovative solutions for water and energy, leading the industry in a way that anticipates the rapidly evolving needs of its customers.With a global workforce of about 16,000 employees, Aliaxis develops and produces both standard and tailored solutions that meet the customers’ most demanding expectations. Aliaxis is active through more than 100 manufacturing and commercial companies, operating in over 45 countries. The company is privately owned, with its global headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

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