Applus+ successfully delivers spherical tanks inspections in the US


    Do you need a fast, safe and efficient way to inspect your spherical tanks? Applus+ has the solution for you. We offer a unique service that combines our HEX system, a temporary-suspended access equipment, with our rope access and advanced NDT techniques.

    This service allows us to access and inspect the internal welds of your spheres without the need for scaffolding or removing the protective insulation coating.

    Our HEX system is designed and developed by our UK team, who have over 12 years of experience and 35+ successful deployments globally. The system is installed from the inside of the sphere in 3–4 days, and then lifted and rotated to the next vertical drop location for inspection. Our multidisciplined technicians use IWEX, an innovative ultrasonic technique that gives a more accurate picture of the condition of the sphere than conventional methods. Our inspectors provide inspection reports throughout the inspection program, and upon completion, we remove the HEX system in 2 days.

    We have successfully completed HEX services on a spherical tank in the United States of America for a long-established client in the petrochemical market. The benefits that the client received are:

    • Reduced risk through hazard control
    • Reduced downtime of the vessel from the asset infrastructure
    • Development of engineered rigging techniques

    We have also completed 35 projects on 3 continents throughout our global network, and we are expanding into other regions to offer our service to new and existing clients. We work closely with our clients to plan and execute the projects, ensuring that all the engineering requirements are met and that communication is smooth.

    If you are interested in our service or want to know more about our HEX system and other capabilities, please contact us

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