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An operator in the Gulf of Mexico experienced a loss of containment on a recently installed subsea system. Recognising the potential of CT scanning to characterise the integrity and the contents of the pipeline non-intrusively at the same time – information which would be crucial to verify the integrity of the rest of the system – they commissioned Tracerco to perform an inspection on selected locations.
The project involved validating the CT scanning detection limits by inspecting a sample of the failed pipe which had been recovered from infield, and comparing the measurements of the detected anomalies to Automated Ultrasonic / Laser Mapping which had been performed independently. This activity was carried out prior to mobilisation at Tracerco’s purpose-built test facility at Pasadena, California, US.
Offshore inspections then took place over an 18-day period and several locations were identified in real time as containing potential metal loss anomalies. The final data was provided to the client who was able to assess them and verify the integrity of the rest of the system and continue with other mitigating actions prior to bring the system back into operation.
Ben Metcalfe works at Tracerco as a Subsea Technical Manager and for the last twelve years has been supporting customers to operate their subsea processing and production systems by providing bespoke measurement systems based on the principle of gamma transmission. Ben is a time served craft person, and has an undergraduate degree in Instrumentation and Control Engineering and a Post Graduate degree in Subsea Engineering & Management.
Tracerco, part of Johnson Matthey Plc, designs, develops and delivers unique and specialised detection, diagnostic and data measurement solutions to a wide range of industrial customers. Since its inception over 60 years ago, Tracerco has continually innovated and has evolved to a company that now embraces a wide range of technology competencies and platforms.
Our agile and innovative multi-disciplined team of in-house physicists, mathematicians, chemists, mechanical engineers, electronics engineers, software and embedded software engineers enables us to take on complex and challenging projects comfortably. This, together with the significant know how and patent estate we have developed through our innovations, means we deliver results and solutions quickly and efficiently.
Tracerco’s well versed problem solving and “can do” mind-set enables the business to be profound in developing and deploying incisive data solutions, to continuously meet our customers changing needs in a diverse range of markets.
Tracerco has continued to expand its product portfolio and build on its experience of data capture, modelling and analysis to provide tailored offerings across the process industry, as well as reservoir and subsea markets. We continue to work with customers across the globe to develop innovative, cost-effective solutions, which have been a major factor in achieving consistent growth over the years.
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