Flow assurance

You cannot fix what you cannot find

Our flow assurance services for subsea pipelines determine the location, extent and nature of blockages or restrictions in subsea pipelines, without interrupting, or stopping production.

50-80% of remediation attempts fail first time, and further attempts double the associated cost. With Tracerco’s insights, operators can get it right first time, increasing efficiency, and reducing both operational costs and production downtime caused by ineffective remediation. You can read more about how DiscoveryTM was used to determine the future operational viability of the flowline in our case study.

DiscoveryTM and ExplorerTM for Flow Assurance

Through non-intrusive inspection with Explorer™, we can screen many kilometres of pipeline rapidly, to accurately identify blockage locations with precision. Once found, we can then deploy our Discovery™ CT scanner to scan the highlighted location in detail, and fully characterise the blockage. This allows operators to plan an effective remediation campaign that is right first time. Read more in our case study on using ExplorerTM to quickly locate and identify a suspected blockage in a pipeline.

Tracerco DiagnosticsTM Pig Tracking

Pipeline pig tracking through the use of an optimised radioactive source attached to each pig, allows operators to improve efficiency, reduce risk and save money during any pigging campaign. It enables operators to monitor the passage of all pigs and rapidly locate any lost or stuck pigs in real time, ensuring the pipeline can return to normal operating conditions in the shortest time possible. Learn more about our pig tracking service in our case study or listen to our exclusive spotlight interview with World Pipelines.

Tracerco DiagnosticsTM Flow Study

A Tracerco DiagnosticsTM Flow study can also measure flow rate to help determine the amount of deposition build-up in subsea pipelines. This allows operators to optimise cleaning campaigns and chemical dosing, saving money and minimising the environmental impact.

Tracerco DiagnosticsTM Subsea Neutron Backscatter

Additionally, our Subsea Neutron Backscatter service can determine if a pipe-in-pipe annulus is flooded and allows operators to see if any of the surrounding thermal protection has been compromised.

Explore Tracerco’s subsea salvage, asset integrity and pipeline commissioning and decommissioning services for further guidance on subsea asset inspection.


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