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Quickflange and weldless connectors receive US regulatory approvals: a testament to safety

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The energy infrastructure landscape in the United States is undergoing significant transformation and there’s a consequent growth in demand for innovative solutions that not only achieve regulatory compliance but enhance efficiency and safety.

Quickflange and weldless connectors receive US regulatory approvals: a testament to safety

We are witnessing this trend across our product and service portfolio, not least in relation to our Quickflange weldless connectors, which provide a permanent and mechanically robust alternative to traditional welding. The technology ensures rapid and safe installations eliminating hot work providing a cost-effective solution for improving pipeline integrity and flow assurance.

Quickflange is already proving its value in terms of the maintenance and integrity of pressure systems and critically, have successfully navigated a stringent US regulatory environment which places a premium on safety in all industrial operations.

With case-by-case installation approvals from regulatory bodies – including Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) – attesting to their use as a permanent repair method, these connectors have become a trusted choice for maintenance projects. This regulatory endorsement for connectors up to 14 in. NPS provides assurance to operators that they are adopting solutions aligned with the highest safety standards.

In a sector where accelerated project timelines are a requirement, Quickflange stands out by streamlining installation and maintenance processes. This permanent, coldwork solution allows operators to achieve an 80% time saving over traditional welding methods and the activation process takes no more than 15 minutes for the largest size (14 in.). The compact design allows for rapid installation, significantly reducing downtime and minimising manpower mobilisation requirements.

Their inherently safer nature also seamlessly aligns with the risk mitigation priorities outlined by regulatory authorities. By eliminating the need for hot work and reducing the potential for accidents associated with traditional welding, Quickflange contributes to a safer working environment – safeguarding personnel while protecting the integrity of the surrounding infrastructure.

Reduced downtime, minimised risk of accidents and streamlined compliance processes – all contribute to long-term cost savings. The reduced labour requirements associated helps to shape a more economically attractive solution overall. It therefore allows operators to allocate resources more strategically, optimising their budget for sustained operations.

Quickflange also offers several environmental benefits compared to traditional welding methods, underpinning a more sustainable approach to maintenance.

As the energy industry continues to evolve, these connectors offer a safer, more efficient, and economically viable alternative to traditional welding methods. They not only deliver compliance but help shape an industry future in which pressure systems integrity is synonymous with innovation and safety.

Steve Jennings, Quickflange Business Unit Manager. ICR specialises in asset integrity, maintenance and inspection across various sectors and offers a broad range of innovative solutions for clients. Through its Houston operation, the business has a strong presence in the US and in the Gulf of Mexico.



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