Terminal inspection conducted successfully
EMPIT successfully inspected pipelines in a big European oil terminal. For CMI, pipeline inspections within terminals are challenging, as usually many pipelines are running parallel in one trench. Recent technology improvements have been proven in similar conditions through verification digs, and have shown very good results when it comes to the detection of metal loss anomalies, even when the wall to wall distance is not more than 20 cm.
Nowadays, the use of CMI is changing the operational safety of the pipeline network significantly, as information about the integrity, geometry, and depth of cover is provided through CMI. Our customer’s pipelines have not been inspected since the beginning of operation in the late sixties. The running of standard inline inspection tools, such as smart pigs, are either not possible or do not make sense economically. This is because of the pipeline's geometry (bends < 3D, multi-diameter pipelines), or because of the total length of the pipelines. Most of the operated pipelines are shorter than 0.5 kilometers, and the installation of needed pigging infrastructure, such as pig launchers/receivers, is a very large and unnecessary financial investment. Furthermore, the pipeline operator did not want to cause pipeline shutdown due to an inline inspection, and wanted to work as cost effective as possible. We are glad that we could help our new client to receive valuable information about their pipelines and could save the pipeline operator a significant amount of money.
It’s for a reason that we are amongst Germany’s Top 100 innovators. Because our mission is to overcome these inspection challenges and, together with our clients, continuously improve the safety and reliability of all pipelines.