The ROSEN Group is proud to once again play an active role in the International Pipeline Conference from 28-30 September 2020. The event will be organized in a virtual only format for the first time and brings together members of the pipeline industry from all around the world to discuss the latest developments and share knowledge.
The pipeline network comprises of various systems with their own sets of vital assets and unique threats. Determining the integrity of these assets is a crucial element to ensure sustainable, safe, efficient, and reliable operation. Therefore, we have identified the unique integrity challenges associated with each of these systems and developed innovative solutions to help operators achieve their goal of zero incidents.
Discover how we have focused on each aspect of the pipeline network and get to know our latest innovations by listening to our papers, visiting our virtual exhibition booth and attending live chats with our experts.
Prior to the commissioning of a pipeline, the newly-constructed asset must fulfil certain requirements to prove that its integrity is intact and that the construction quality was high. Hydro testing, dewatering, caliper inspections, and verification digs, which can be required after construction, prove to be both expensive and time consuming for the construction contractor and operator.
Through custom cleaning programs, geometry verification, mapping and caliper units, our solutions are available on a standby basis and provide efficient, API and ISO compliant results. Our aim is to get newly-constructed pipelines up and running without the unnecessary need for expensive digs and time-consuming reports.
Operating at low flows and pressures, gathering lines transport product from the commodity’s source to a processing or storage facility. These lines can be as small as 3” in diameter, consisting of tight bends and often containing multiphase medium. Managing the primary threats of internal and external corrosion proves challenging when downtime must be at a minimum.
Our extensive portfolio consists of a wireline-equipped fleet of bidirectional tools to serve your quick turnaround requirements. Detecting and sizing anomalies and optimizing flow, our solutions for gathering pipelines can overcome difficult conditions and design both efficiently and comprehensively, thereby minimizing interruptions while gathering high-quality results.
The primary role of these pipelines is to feed product from a processing or storage facility to the long-distance transmission pipelines. The role of being a point of transition either within a facility or outside the controlled area means that these systems can have varying states of integrity and can present obstacles which may inhibit traditional inspection methods.
Our vast portfolio of complementing units, such as technologies, methods, and market knowledge, enables our experts to optimally address each individual challenge of your unique asset. This tailored solution not only produces the means to have the pipeline inspected, but also, when required, provides a comprehensive integrity assessment.
Challenging Pipeline Diagnostics
As the major conduit of the pipeline network, transmission pipelines are responsible for the transportation of large volumes of product from production regions to distribution centers, storage tanks or refineries. These long-distance pipelines are exposed to a wide range of threats, which can result in various anomalies, minimized throughput, or failure.
As this infrastructure ages, the accuracy of each inspection and the predicted behavior of identified features becomes more crucial. With high-resolution technologies such as RoCorr MFL-A Ultra, operators gain a comprehensive and accurate understanding of the pipeline's structure and tap into the full potential of the asset, leaving nothing to chance. Additional technologies can also be combined for increased accuracy, ensuring that even the smallest threat is not only detected, but also analyzed, and its future behavior predicted.
RoCorr MFL-A Ultra
Distribution pipelines are responsible for delivering natural gas to the end user. These can be lower pressure pipelines and often operate within close proximity to homes and businesses. This means that as the infrastructure grows around them, maintenance and replacement costs increase as well.
Maintaining the integrity of these pipelines is key to prolonging the life of the asset in a safe and secure way. Our low-ﬂow multi-diameter solutions for gas pipelines, one of many solutions available for this asset, has no impact on operation and does not require a compromise regarding the quality of the inspection data. This ensures optimal throughput in an efficient manner.
Multi Diameter Technology
Processing & Storage
Remaining in operation is key for processing and storage facilities. During scheduled shutdowns, there is usually a limited window for inspection, however an unexpected shutdown due to leakage could be disastrous for the facility overall. Critical features of these components are often either a hidden threat, undetected by even the most experienced inspector during visual examination, or they may be visible but cannot be quantified.
Based on customer-specific requirements and local regulations, an on-site support team is rapidly assembled to conduct a comprehensive and efficient inspection. When accessibility is limited, technology is applied to fill in the data gaps for these critical assets. Non-destructive testing solutions for inaccessible areas allows for a comprehensive, full coverage, high-resolution inspection with accurate data collection and minimal impact on operation. Thus, the operator obtains the information required to achieve safe and compliant operation well into the future.
Piping Inspection Services
ROSEN invests significantly in further refining products and services and developing groundbreaking new technologies and products. Research and development is fundamental to ROSEN’s continued success. The Group employs more than 330 engineers and scientists worldwide. These professionals focus on developing solutions that help decreasing operating costs, increasing production efficiency, lower the environmental impact of production and, of course, improve the performance of products.
Since the introduction of in-line inspection tools (ILI) more than 50 years ago, there have always been pipelines that were considered unpiggable. Typically, it is a combination of various circumstances relating to pipeline design, operating conditions, and/or characteristics of the medium that prevents a successful in-line inspection using traditional methods. At ROSEN, however, we refuse to accept this as a fact. This is why we have dedicated an entire diagnostics division to apply our unique “Toolbox Method” to create ILI solutions for what we refer to as challenging pipelines. The ROSEN Toolbox is further diversified with the addition of KTN’s specialized self-propelled tethered tool technology.