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Denys and Selmers win the IPLOCA New Technologies award

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World Pipelines,

Selmers, together with Denys, has won the 2015 IPLOCA New Technologies Award sponsored by BP.

The award was presented during the IPLOCA annual Convention held in Singapore, from 5 - 9 October 2015, by Michael Hiam, Engineering Manager, BP Integrated, Supply and Trading.

The Award is given in recognition of a significant achievement in the development of new pipeline technologies.

The IPLOCA New Technologies Committee, with Jean Claude van de Wiele as the chairman, decided to present the Award to Denys and Selmers, represented by Johan van Wassenhove (Denys), Bart Appelman (Selmers) and Luc Hoppenbrouwers (Denys), in recognition of their work on their onshore automatic vacuum field joint blasting.

The Adjudication Committee selected this entry because:

  • The new tool improves HSE conditions for workers in the field.
  • It is a development coming from a contractor and a manufacturer working together.
  • It is an example of technology transfer from the offshore to the onshore industry.

Denys specialises in the onshore construction of oil and gas pipelines and has used this field joint blaster in day to day work.

Together with Denys, Selmers was able to evaluate the field joint blaster when used in the field. With the outcome of the evaluations, the working of the field joint blaster was optimised.

Conventional field joint blasting is typically a time consuming manual operation, not without safety, health and environmental risks, since the process produces a lot of dust and thus also potential pollution. Furthermore the quality assurance demands a lot of effort and discipline.

Being informed about the performance of the Selmers joint vacuum blaster, used in the offshore industry, Denys made contact with Selmers and both agreed that the joint vacuum blaster could be adapted to the onshore pipeline construction and would remedy the shortcoming of manual joint blasting.

Indeed, the Selmers field joint vacuum blaster is developed to improve cycle times and produce identical blasted joints considering roughness and cleanness. Taken into account the environment, the design of Selmers blaster is dust free and the abrasive is re-used in the integrated abrasive reclaim system.

The advantages of this closed loop vacuum blaster:

  • Internal grit recovery.
  • High blasting capacity.
  • Installed on the pipeline under construction.
  • Result: cleanness level SA2½ or better.
  • Clean process (minimal abrasive loss).
  • Operator friendly.
  • Automated and remote controlled process.
  • Safe and environmental friendly.
  • Low noise level in comparison to manual blasting.
  • Maintenance friendly.
  • Quick return on investment.

Edited from source by Elizabeth Corner

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