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PPSA/PRCI host pull through ILI demonstration for Young Pipeline Professionals

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World Pipelines,

On 19 April 2018 the Pigging Products and Services Association (PPSA) and the Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI) hosted a pull through ILI demonstration for Young Pipeline Professionals at the PRCI’s Technology Development Center (TDC) in Houston, USA.

Over 65 Young Pipeline Professionals, many of whom are members of the YPP (USA) were given a tour of the test loop facility, followed by a demonstration of a T.D. Williamson (TDW) Multiple Dataset (MDS) ILI tool being pulled through a 12 in. diameter pipeline.

Prior to the live pull test, Jason Matocha of TDW provided an overview of the MDS platform. Data was recorded showing where anomalies, such as metal loss, dents and others, are located within the test string.

The young pipeliners were then treated to an informal BBQ (cooked by TDW staff) and networking with PPSA members, who offered their expertise and general advice about the pigging industry.

The exhibitors included Enduro Pipeline Services, Entegra, Halfwave AS, Halliburton, Inline Services, ROSEN Group, and T.D. Williamson.

Following the BBQ, Adrian Belanger of TDW showed the group how to analyse and interpret MFL data. The young pipeliners showed great enthusiasm asking lots of questions about the inspection data analysis.

The PPSA expressed thanks to Chuck Harris of TDW for organising the event and to the PPSA member companies that supported this great investment in the next generation of leaders. It also gave a very special thank you to Hans Deeb and PRCI for their partnership and hosting at the TDC.

The event is part of PPSA’s ongoing commitment to encouraging more young people to get involved in the pigging industry. This year PPSA also sponsored the YPP USA’s Symposium and the Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology’s Pipeline Integrity Programme’s graduation luncheon.

PPSA was founded in 1990 by Jim Cordell and now has more than 120 members from over 20 countries, representing the pigging industry throughout the world. The Association is entirely funded by its members through their annual subscription fees. Its aims are, “To promote the knowledge of pigging and its related products and services by providing a channel of communication between the members themselves, and with users and other interested parties”.

PPSA plays a major role in providing information and sourcing equipment and services, for pipeline operators and the industry generally and responds to hundreds of enquiries each year.

With the commitment and technical expertise of its members, PRCI continues to develop dynamic research programs devoted to identifying, prioritising, and implementing the industry’s core research objectives. As a result, PRCI has become a critical resource for all energy pipelines regardless of where they operate, how they operate, or the purpose of their operation.

The Technology Development Center provides the industry with an independent third party site to fully understand the capabilities of current tools and to guide the development of the new technologies needed to push toward the PRCI’s goal. 

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