Composite pipe and tanks could be considered two separate applications that are similar in their construction and benefits. According to the Fiberglass Tank and Pipe Institute, FRP first became a viable alternative to protected and stainless steel for pipe in 1950 when centrifugal cast fiberglass piping was first used as a solution to corrosion problems in the oil production industry. Development work for underground gasoline storage tanks led to the construction of a pilot plant in 1963, and by 1985 the industry had produced more than 100,000 composite tanks. Composite pipe and tanks are in demand today for oil fields, chemical processing, flue gas desulphurization, desalination facilities, and water and sewage systems.