Applus+ was asked to deliver a turnkey project for one of its clients. After the owner took the pipeline out of service, Applus+ modified, cleaned, gauged, inspected and dried the pipeline delivering it back to the client ready to be used.
For this project, Applus+ worked with difficult-to-inspect pipelines (DTI). These specific pipelines did not have launching and receiving facilities, there was a great variation in wall thickness and there were short radius bends. All these traits make it difficult for usual pipeline inspection tools to gain access to these pipelines. In addition to our standard DTI Trekscan inspection, the client required us to take care of cleaning, gauging, drying, and making modifications to the pipelines.
The main challenge was to find the most efficient working procedure. For this project, we came up with some ingenious time-saving methods of connecting our equipment to the pipeline, which also reduced costs for the client.
Water management was also a hurdle because there was limited water storage available. For every run, it was necessary to calculate whether there was enough water. These particular storage facilities are located in woods and public parks. No spillage was allowed, and the water used for cleaning and inspection had to be collected in special tanks to move them to a water treatment facility. Another especially demanding task was the inspection itself, part of our client's integrity program, which aims to prevent any leaks or accidents that may harm the environment.
This project was a perfect example of a turnkey project where we went the extra mile to reduce costs for the client. For Applus+, this meant being efficient and precise to reach success. In the end, it is all about performing a successful inspection, finishing a successful project, and ending up with a satisfied customer. The fact that Applus+ has been awarded more projects by the client in 2020 demonstrates that this has been achieved and that we maintain our status as a trusted partner.
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