Testing of Pipelines

Testing of Pipelines

Pipelines have a simple purpose; to transport goods. However, keeping pipelines in good condition throughout the years is not that simple.

In the worst case, defects like corrosion or erosion lead to leakages or explosions. Such problems can, in turn, cause expensive stoppages and serious harm to the environment and people. Therefore early detection of any damage, preventive maintenance and condition monitoring are essential. Kiwa Inspecta can help you ensure the safety of your pipeline systems.

Detecting defects is usually most cost-efficient when done with advanced non-destructive testing (NDT) techniques when the pipeline is in operation. In such cases your pipeline doesn’t have to be emptied. For example, long range ultrasonic testing (LRUT) can be applied to pipes above and below ground and it can scan up to 150 meters of pipe at one go. LRUT maps anomalies or spots that need to be inspected more closely with other methods such as Digital Radiography.

The combination of suitable NDT methods, careful planning and project management provides the foundation for you to make the right decisions at the right time. We can provide both a broad range of information for risk management, but also deliver detailed information for assessing defects and prioritizing maintenance actions. Kiwa Inspecta is also constantly developing new applications for in-service monitoring. A major part of our product development is done involving our customers.

Kiwa Inspecta’s services help you to plan ahead, carry out improvements cost-efficiently, minimize delays in the process and use the pipelines safely. Most advantages can be gained in close co-operation with our inspectors, technical consultants and you, the customer. Together we make calculations about the operating condition of the pipeline systems and build preventive and risk-based maintenance and inspection plans for the future.

Benefits of Testing of Pipelines

  • Helps to anticipate future problems and extend your pipeline’s lifetime
  • Prevents danger to people and the environment
  • Improves reliability and availability
  • More profitability through maximal uptime
  • Provides information for maintenance plans and decisions
  • Identifies the most critical components