Pipetel Technologies will be presenting its proprietary technology for unpiggable pipelines at the Western Regional Gas Conference August 23/24, 2011 in Tempe Arizona.
This is a must see presentation if you have anything to do with Integrity Management for your organization. Finally there is a reliable solution to inspect unpiggable pipelines that delivers relevant data that will allow natural gas pipeline operators to implement a proactive integrity management and maintenance program.
Rod Lee, General Manager of Pipetel Technologies will be presenting: “Integrity Management – Using the Explorer Robot for Smaller Diameter Unpiggable Pipelines”. Pipetel has commercialized this technology in conjunction with NYSEARCH and Mr. Lee will be available to answer any questions.
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Pipetel Technologies has inspected 2.5 miles of pipeline operated by Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) using a self-propelled robot in place of conventional internal inspection tools sometimes referred to as “smart pigs.” The stretch of pipeline had been deemed “unpiggable,” due to lack of flow needed to push the inspection tool through the pipeline.
As part of SoCalGas’ pipeline integrity management program, Pipetel was contracted to inspect a previously unpiggable pipeline and to provide the inspection results using their customized Datatel analysis software.
Pipetel inspected an eight-inch diameter pipeline with Pipetel’s Explorer 6/8 robotic inspection technology without shutting down the pipeline or disrupting service to customers. The Explorer 6/8 is a self-propelled and bi-directional robot. Conventional tools were not an option since the pipeline did not have sufficient flow to propel these tools. A cased segment of this pipeline, underneath a railway track, was also inspected.
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