Offshore Pipelines

Ever-increasing demand for safe and reliable sources of energy has resulted in the growth of offshore oil and gas production, and the construction of pipelines to support these operations. NDT Global was among the first to address the complex operational and environmental requirements of offshore pipelines.

Our variety of tools offer best-in-class inspection technologies for offshore pipelines. Under ideal circumstances, detecting features like cracks, metal loss, and pipeline movement requires exacting tools with the ability to measure defects to within sub-millimeter accuracy. Additionally, offshore pipelines present the challenges of high pressures, heavy wall thickness, internal coatings, and varying pipeline diameters, all of which have made inspecting these lines with traditional magnetic tools less effective. Recognizing these challenges early on, we adapted our inspection technologies to provide the same accuracy and dependability in offshore inspections that our onshore customers enjoy.

Ultrasonic inspection technology is considered the standard for the direct inspection of liquid pipelines and NDT Global’s EVO series of tools is at the leading edge of ultrasonic technological innovation. The full extent of our crack detection capability from onshore systems are extended to offshore, meaning that the likelihood of detection is increased and that feature sizing is enhanced, thanks to tighter depth sizing. These advancements make our ILI tools uniquely capable of detecting threats in your system ranging from cracks, dents, ovalities, cracks in dents, corrosion and more. As these features have the potential to be even more consequential to offshore systems than onshore, the precision provided by our EVO series makes it an ideal part of any offshore pipeline integrity management program. For offshore gas pipelines, ART Scan™ is unique in the pipeline inspection industry because it offers the accuracy of ultrasonic inline inspection without the requirement of a liquid couplant. The implications for offshore inspections are significant; systems can be inspected in a single pass, providing actionable insights about dents, ovalities, and metal loss in wall thicknesses up to 75 mm (3 in.). The high resolution of the data captured by these inspections ensures that features are identified early, allowing for remediation that minimizes the impact on operations, safety, and budget. If you’re an offshore system operator and need best-in-class solutions for your integrity management program, contact us to learn how we can exceed your expectations.

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