Pipeline decommissioning or pipeline abandonment programmes are extensively used for pipelines, especially in the oil and gas industries. The process involved in these programmes includes steps such as pigging, flushing, filling and plugging of the pipeline. Removal or abandonment is the next step in the process.
Within the industry, the North Sea and Gulf of Mexico are likely to experience a high volume of pipeline decommissioning and abandonment within the next 30 years. The North Sea Offshore Decommissioning work will see 470 pipelines wholly or partially removed. New legislation within the Gulf of Mexico has also forced the industry to put in place decommissioning programmes.
iNPIPE PRODUCTS™ has a number of pigging tools which are extremely effective in the decommissioning of pipelines:
Abandonment Plug: Permanently seals a pipeline during decommissioning. The Abandonment Plug has a minimum design life of 30 years or longer dependent upon client specification and materials.
Hyperbaric Spheres: Used to ensure a dry sub-sea hyperbaric pipeline tie-in or repair where subsequent radiographic inspection is required.