Terminal, Facility, and Station Pipes Inspection

Terminal and facility pipes are typically not set up for traditional inline inspection (ILI). They generally do not have launchers and receivers, they do not have sufficient flow characteristics, and they have many elbows. As a result, many of these pipes have never been “pigged” previously. The work space is often tight as there are typically multiple pipes running side by side or within close proximity.

Pipetel Has Been Inspecting Terminal and Facility Pipes Since 2015

With years of experience behind us, you can trust that we have the expertise to handle the inspection of your terminal, facility, and station pipes.

Unlike inline inspection for natural gas pipelines; terminal, facility, and station pipes must be drained of product and cleaned prior to inspection. Once this is completed, Pipetel’s EXPLORER iLi robots can venture inside these pipes and provide the same high quality, highly accurate data that our clients have come to expect.

EXPLORER iLi Navigates Even the Most Challenging Pipeline Features

Our EXPLORER iLi robots are ideal for inspecting pipes that have never before received an inline inspection. Uniquely suited to inspecting pipes at terminals, facilities, and stations; EXPLORER iLi robots have the ability to navigate elbows and vertical pipes, can enter through an opening without the need for launchers or receivers, and do not require flow in the pipe for inspection.

The Benefits of Using EXPLORER iLi Robots for the Inspection of These Pipes Include:

  • Definitive data on the integrity of the pipes generated from proven sensing technologies.
  • The inspection of every millimeter of pipe for 360 degrees of the circumference.
  • Any signs of internal and/or external corrosion will be detected by high resolution Magnetic Flux Leakage (MFL) sensors.
  • Any third party damages such as dents will be detected by laser deformation sensors.
  • The on board video camera also records a complete visual inspection of the pipe interior.

Want more information? Contact our team today.

Meet Us at ASME’s Robotics for Inspection & Maintenance

Pipetel’s Rod Lee will be making a presentation on the benefits of robotic inline inspection for unpiggable pipes on Wednesday, September 25th at 10:20am at ASME’s Robotics for Inspection and Maintenance event in College Station, Texas.

Here is the Complete Session Description:

Assessing Pipeline Integrity with Robotic Inline Inspection
In-line-inspection (ILI) is a pipeline assessment method used by operators to receive a comprehensive integrity assessment of their pipeline. Unfortunately, ILI may become unfeasible due to factors such as insufficient flow or pressure parameters for propulsion, pipeline features such as valves, back to back elbows and unbarred tees, as well as the lack of infrastructure such as launcher and receiver for tool entry and exit. These pipelines are deemed as difficult to inspect, or “unpiggable,” and are often limited to other integrity assessment methods such as direct assessment or hydrostatic testing.


About the Event

Industrial inspection is big business – many companies spend $40+ billion per year and some invest tens of millions on inspections and even more on maintenance. What if we could move towards inspection that accurately determines asset health? Detecting and effectively predicting corrosion, leaks and defects that signal impending problems?

For more information and to register for the event, click here.

Robotic Pipeline Inspection: More Than Technology

At Pipetel, we consider inline pipeline inspection to be about more than technology. There are numerous other factors involved in the inspection of a pipeline and ensuring its integrity.

For us, pipeline inspection means the complete delivery of inline inspection services with end-to-end project management.

Our Track Record Consistently Shows That We Follow Through

With Pipetel, you can be rest assured that you can trust our word. From our leadership to the front line, we are always honest and transparent with our customers. Our history of consistently meeting deadlines is also a point of pride for us. From showing up on time to delivering our reports on time – our customers can rely on Pipetel to stay on schedule.

The backbone of Pipetel is its people. We are committed to work above and beyond to satisfy our customers and deliver exceptional service.

Get Answers Easily and Efficiently

You can also take comfort in the fact that most of our project managers, sales staff, and operations personnel are either engineers or have an engineering background. This means that we fully understand the technical nature of pipeline integrity management and we can effectively and efficiently answer your technical questions.

When you call Pipetel with a question, you will most likely reach an engineer who understands the importance of your technical needs.

That’s how we set the standard for an exceptional customer experience in pipeline inspection: we refuse to compromise your time or your technical requirements.

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Pipetel is Coming to Houston…

This summer Pipetel will be presenting at Unpiggable Pipelines Solutions Forum. Pipetel will be presenting at this forum for the 5th consecutive forums. The objective of the forum is to address capabilities and guidance concerning tools for corrosion and mechanical damage inspection of ‘unpiggable’ oil, gas and hazardous liquids pipelines. The focus will be on the capabilities of existing technologies as well as those in research and development.

Unpiggable Pipelines Solutions Forum
Houston, Texas
June 10-13, 2019

Unpiggable Pipelines Solutions Forum

Pipetel Presentation

“Robotic Inspection of a 2.3 mile pipeline”

by: Rod Lee | Thursday June 13

One of the longest consecutive inspections performed by Pipetel to date is 2.3 miles. The two-day inspection utilized two hot tap fittings for Explorer entry and exit, as well as three charge points. The comprehensive MFL, dent and video data provided the operator with the integrity information required for continual undisrupted operation. This paper reviews the process, execution and data from the use of Explorer ILI for long distance inspections that are several miles in length.

We’d love to see you there, please reach out for a copy of the paper.

Stop by booth 03 to learn more!

Give us a call:
Phone: 416.510.8588
Toll free: 1 855-747-3835
Fax: 866-418-8862

Drop us an email:

Meet us at 2019 AGA Operations Conference…

This spring Pipetel will be exhibiting at the annual AGA Operations Conference. It is the natural gas industry’s premier gathering of natural gas utility and transmission company operations management from across North America and the world for the sharing of technical knowledge, ideas and practices to promote the safe, reliable, and cost-effective delivery of natural gas to the end-user.

Pipetel will be exhibiting at Booth 1400.

Operations Conference & Biennial Exhibition
Nashville, Tennessee
April 30 – May 3, 2019
Operations Conference & Biennial Exhibition

Our Pipetel EXPLORER iLi robotic inline inspection services provide data allowing operators of pipelines to implement a proactive pipeline integrity management and maintenance program. We provide a range of services in pipelines from 6 to 36 inches including inspection for metal loss, dents, mechanical damage and video. End-to-end project management, proprietary software tools, together with responsive customer service and innovative engineering, ensures that our customers’ most difficult ILI challenges will be resolved.

Stop by booth 1400 to learn more!

Give us a call:
Phone: 416.510.8588
Toll free: 1 855-747-3835
Fax: 866-418-8862

Drop us an email: