Jan 09 - New Pipeline Inspection Process Deployed

Source Company Web Site
Company Saudi Aramco 
Tags Pipelines/ tankers/ distribution
Date January 21, 2009

Saudi Aramco and contracting company Rosen Saudi Arabia recently celebrated the deployment of a revolutionary new pipeline in-line inspection technology called Electro-Magnetic Acoustic Transducer (EMAT).

Saudi Aramco and Rosen Saudi Arabia representatives gather to celebrate a new kind of in-line pipeline inspection technology.  

At a ceremony at ad-Diwan, Abqaiq Plants, Power and Pipelines (APP&P) vice president Hamed T. Al-Saadoun and Pipelines Department (PD) general manager MuhammadAli M. Trabulsi welcomed Rosen Saudi Arabia president Hermann Rosen.

“Partnership works better than contracting,” Trabulsi said. “It creates a team environment where we can identify value-added opportunities for both parties

PD and Rosen have worked together for the past 15 years performing pipeline inspections within the massive Saudi Aramco network.

The magnetic flux leakage (MFL) was the most common inspection tool, but it could not detect coating failures and stress corrosion cracking (SCC), which are the common deteriorations threatening pipeline integrity.

Eleven years of research enabled Rosen to develop one-of-a-kind EMAT technology that pinpoints coating failures and SCC in the early stages. Mapping conducted concurrently with EMAT inspections finds the exact coordinates of the defects.

The collaboration between Saudi Aramco Pipelines, Contracting, Loss Prevention and Inspection departments and Rosen Saudi Arabia enabled the procurement of a single-source, long-form contract in five weeks, which was awarded Sept. 17.

On Oct. 20, the first EMAT instrument scraping run was performed through a 106-kilometer section of 26-inch pipeline that transports natural gas liquids to Yanbu‘, marking the first successful run of this size in the world.

EMAT scraping through 24-inch, 30-inch, 34-inch and 36-inch cross-country pipelines was also successfully performed in November and December.

Rosen Saudi Arabia is the only commercial and field-proven provider of this EMAT technology. To support its partnership with Saudi Aramco, Rosen Saudi Arabia plans a full operation in Saudi Arabia, including research and development, manufacturing, maintenance of inspection equipment, survey operations and data evaluation.

Additionally, plans are under way for a joint project with Saudi Aramco to test a complex inspection tool for large “unscrapeable” pipelines.

More than 40 percent of Rosen’s in-Kingdom employees are Saudis, and that number is growing.

“In the end, there will be a new culture created,” said Rosen, “demonstrating how a huge company like Saudi Aramco works together with a specialist like Rosen. As partners, we can achieve worldwide leadership in asset integrity. Together, we are winners.”

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