Abandonment Plugs

The iNPIPE PRODUCTS™ abandonment plug is a development of the tried and tested high pressure plug design; equipped with the patented elastomer Posi-Seal™ and vice jaws that will grip into the pipe wall.

About: Abandonment Plugs

The well beneath Deepwater Horizon was in the process of being sealed with cement for temporary abandonment before it blew creating one of the worst environmental disasters in the Gulf. Investigators of the Deepwater Horizon blowout believe the cement may have failed perhaps never setting properly or consequent gas bubbles could have provided and unwanted path for hydrocarbon to burst through

Experts agree that there is a possibility that abandoned wells can re-pressurise and years of exposure to seawater, underground pressure and movement due to changing geological conditions can cause cementing to degrade and weaken. Improperly applied and aging cement has been proved to crack, de-bond and weaken over time.

US officials estimate there are tens of thousands of badly sealed abandoned wells; Texas has plugged more than 21,000 in an attempt to control potential pollution and California has resealed scores offshore since 1980.

iNPIPE PRODUCTS™ has a proven track record in designing, manufacturing and hydrostatic testing of abandonment plugs whether for a temporary contract or to provide a permanent plug for the pipeline. The iNPIPE PRODUCTS™ “abandonment plug” is a development of the tried and tested high pressure plug design; equipped with the patented elastomer Posi-Seal™ and vice jaws that will grip into the pipe wall. Client specific requirements can incorporate the options of failsafe double grip-lock jaws together with gas-tight polyurethane Posi-seals™ to provide double block and bleed options. Abandonment plugs up to 24” and available in either mechanical or hydraulic versions dependent upon the method and location of deployment; all come complete with lifting beams for crane, fork-lift, diver or ROV safe handling.

Client led development includes the option with a larger centre bypass to allow pressure monitoring beyond the abandonment plug. Designed & manufactured to order, this type of plug can also be used to provide a “launcher” to cap the line pipe and conduct temporary pigging using the port to pressurise behind the pig. iNPIPE PRODUCTS™ have developed plugs from 6”ns and above to be manufactured with a 2” capped through port. Market leaders in this field of application, the company has developed an impressive track record in this type of plugging and are often specified by many major offshore operators and contractors.

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