Oil and Gas (O&G) pipelines are expensive assets that cross through both ecologically sensitive and densely populated urban areas. In such a circumstances, pipeline failures may have potentially significant consequences for both natural and human environment.Due to the growing oil and gas pipeline regulations, operators are implementing integrity programs that ensure leaks and failures do not occur.Integrity programs that combine structural condition assessment with regular and accurate verification of containment surveys significantly reduce the risk of failure while extending the useful life of the pipeline asset.

By utilizing verification tools that identify very small losses, oil and gas pipeline operators can detect and repair problems in the early stages of leak development. This is important as small leaks can eventually lead to failure of the pipeline.

What’s the best solution to avoid pipeline failures?

By inspecting the Oil and Gas pipeline on frequent intervals is one of the solutions to stay on top of the pipeline failure issues.  During frequent inspections, engineers can identify the baseline and multi-level corrosions that help identify corrosions accurately. This process involves scanning the entire pipeline thoroughly to identify any sort of anomalies and cracks and is done by studying patterns, reading out various sensor data and comparative study. Based on the experience level of the engineers and the trainings they have undergone, help churn out a yearlong backlog data of pipeline inspection in in lesser time.By reading out the pattern, predicting the intensity of corrosion by accurate sizing, and linking the corrosions, support engineers can size/mark a chain of corrosions effectively, thereby avoiding pipeline failures.

What constitutes a good team?

An ideal team for detecting and analyzing pipeline failures should include data engineers who can interpret raw data pulled by the inspection tools. To be specific, the engineering team should have expertise in precisely interpreting the raw data inspected by Smart Inspection tools using both axial and tri-axial sensors based on Magnetic Flux Leak and Ultrasonic Technology. The team’s understanding of pipeline material and structure, manufacturing constraints, environmental effects on the pipelines, sensor errors and detailed working knowledge of the PIG will add additional benefit to the customer to get right solutions.

This expertise often coupled with an approved training plan, gives the engineers the proficiency in differentiating between a pattern and corrosion, identification of corrosion in noise, capturing complex corrosion and accurately sizing corrosions based on their intensities.

How can QuEST Global Help Players in O&G Industry?

Over the past several years, QuEST has often delighted its customer by great quality work, prompt and timely managed deliverables and minimal turnaround time. This has resulted QuEST Global becoming a reliable partner of many of the Fortune 500 companies in the Oil & Gas Industry.With a significantly reduced turnaround time, our engineers have identified over 27 million corrosion instances in approximately 160 pipelines while scanning over 13,500 km of pipeline and in a short span of 12 months.

The Inline Inspection Division at QuEST Global Engineering Services supports multi-functional and multi-technological aspects of pipeline inspection. Some of the streams QuEST dominates over its competitors are:

  1. Inspections of previously inspected pipelines.
  2. Inspection of data extracted through tools running on Magnetic Flux Leakage Technology.
  3. Inspection of data extracted through tools running on Ultrasonic Technology.
  4. Interpretation of various pipeline structures and components.
  5. Data interpretation of internal and external corrosions.
  6. Identification of Bends, Dents, Cracks, TMO, etc.
  7. Identification of welds.
  8. Seam weld and girth weld identification
Pranam Salunke
Pranam Salunke
Pranam Salunke is working as Project Lead at QuEST Global, handling manufacturing engineering and supply chain projects. He has over 9 years of experience with number of diversified roles and responsibilities including 5 years of experience in Oil and Gas industry supporting various projects. He has supported customers on various projects including Inline Inspection (Pipeline Integrity), Vendor Development (E2E), Capacity Planning, Should Costing, Process Planning etc.
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