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Requirements in Executing a Hot Tap

1 INTRODUCTION This article details the technical and safety requirements for executing a hot tap on hydrocarbon pipelines, piping, or tanks. Hot tapping is a method of making a new connection to an existing pressurized pipeline or vessel without interrupting the flow...

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Pipeline Pitting and Repair Techniques

1 INTRODUCTION & BACKGROUND Pipelines are the most cost-effective and environment-friendly mode of hydrocarbon fuel transportation, if and when operated under prudential industry practices or standards. Starting from wellheads, high-pressure steel pipelines handle...

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Economics of Hot Tapping

1 INTRODUCTION 1.1 Pipeline Maintenance, Upgrade and repair options Maintenance, emergency repairs, and upgrades form a significant part of any pipeline and plant operations. These include, inter alia [1]: Attaching a branch connection to the line Installing an...

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A recently completed sub-sea hot tapping project

A recently completed sub-sea hot tapping project

In late February 2019, ION PRO Services reached a significant milestone; we completed our first sub-sea hot tap on a sub-sea pipeline in approximately 50’ of water in the Gulf of Mexico. During this time of year, the weather is known to play a major role in this sort...

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Plugging Methods For In-Service Pipelines

Plugging Methods For In-Service Pipelines

Pipelines, over decades, have established themselves as the transportation of choice to offer a safe, reliable way to transport a multitude of products. The reliance we place on pipelines as a transportation system has also accentuated the uptime requirement for these...

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