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June 2016
34 www.pipelineme.comPipeline Magazine
FEATURE: PIPELINE MAINTENANCE/SAFETY
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SteelCorr - Pipeline Magazine June 2016

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SteelCorr - Pipeline Magazine June 2016

  1. 1. June 2016 34 www.pipelineme.comPipeline Magazine FEATURE: PIPELINE MAINTENANCE/SAFETY often noticed too late. Finally, accurate monitoring and identifying a feasible solution is the key to success. Dias touched on the main challenges the firm has faced when working on pipeline projects in the region. “Getting people to embrace new technology is always a challenge. Asset owners need to understand that in the current eco-system with pressure on spend, we must turn to innovative alternatives to help reduce cost without compromising safety and quality. This is where our equipment adds value,” he said. two year period without a single LTI,” he said. SteelCorr offers an alternative to conventional abrasive blasting and ultra-high pressure hydro jetting used during pipeline maintenance. He noted: “Activities including but not limited to; removal of coating for NDT, surface preparation for coating maintenance, removal of jammed bolts, removal of supports and cutting of live pipelines which would normally involve hot work and need shutdown can now be achieved conveniently in-situ without stoppages.” SteelCorr’s equipment offers unparalleled benefits, according to Dias. “The absence of sharp flying splinters, 3,000 RPM maximum, noise level below 85 dB and vibration level below 2.5 m/s2 ensure operator safety even for extended operations. The file heads last 100 times longer than conventional file heads, which makes it very cost effective. And to top it all, the equipment comes with a US$5 million worldwide insurance cover for public liability, product liability and 3rd party liability.” Challenges Coatings on pipelines need to be well maintained through the lifetime of the asset. A lack of preventive maintenance will cause the steel to deteriorate and pose structural integrity issues.Corrosion under insulation is another major consideration since deterioration often progresses unabated under the insulation, and very S teelCorr specialises in coating consultancy and paint inspection and in 2015 it brought its unique tools to the region. “Our service offering includes freelance paint inspectors, coating specification design/review and failure investigation. Additionally, we represent Safety Tools Allmet of Norway who developed the world’s only “ATEX Certified” non-sparking ‘Cold’ grinding and cutting tools. These are the only equipment with DNV certification for use in potentially explosive atmospheres – Ex Zones 1 and 2 and enables surface preparation for paint application, metal removal and cutting of steel without hot work,” Dias explained. Statoil Norway funded the research and development of these unique tools in 2000 and according to Dias they have been used in hazardous and explosive environments around the globe for over a decade without any incident. “We brought this technology to the Middle East to enable asset owners to perform safe, efficient and cost effective maintenance. The proven track record of the tools is documented by many major oil and gas companies, allowing maintenance managers to radically change their mind-set on the approach to maintenance,” he added. SteelCorr introduced these tools to the Middle East and India in January 2015 and has since then added a number of clients including Salalah Methanol, Dubai Petroleum, Vopak, ONGC, Reliance, British Gas India, Mideast Ship Management and Adyard. “A noteworthy project is the re-coating of 17,000 m2 of live pipelines on the deck of an operating FPSO Dhirubhai-1, owned by Aker Floating Production. All surface preparation on corroded areas was done using our simple pneumatic hand carried equipment and a surface equivalent to Sa2.5 with a 40-70 micron profile was achieved without collateral damage to the vicinity. The project was completed over a STEELCORR’COLDGRINDING/CUTTING TECHNOLOGY NOW IN THE REGION “We brought this technology to the Middle East to enable asset owners to perform safe, efficient and cost effective maintenance” Pipeline Magazine speaks to SteelCorr’s managing director Leroy Dias about the unique nature of its pipeline technology that it has brought to the region

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