Equinor assessing pipeline analysis techniques

Equinor Technology Ventures is supporting Rocsole’s pipeline deposition scanning technology for offshore operations.

Offshore staff

KUOPIO, Finland – Equinor Technology Ventures is supporting Rocsole’s pipeline deposition scanning technology for offshore operations.

The Finnish company is a specialist in electrical tomographic industrial process monitoring systems. Products include a PIPE sensor, providing real-time information on the flow and deposition buildup in a pipe through a PROBE sensor technology, which can be used in separators when extracting oil and water.

Rocsole has also developed a moving inspection device that scans the entire pipeline’s deposit type and thickness.

Using this information on pipe deposits, pipeline operators can prevent their production systems clogging and lessen the requirement for chemicals to clean the blocked pipe.

Efficient deposition monitoring can also reduce the number of pigging runs, the company points out, reducing the cost of remediation. The tomographic imaging allows measurements to be conducted from inside the pipe without damaging or disturbing it.

“If proven successful, Rocsole’s Deposition In Line Inspection will change the way we operate pipe cleaning and operation,” said Ole Christian Willumsen of Equinor Technology Ventures.

Repsol and Shell Technology Ventures are already supporting the development.

02/05/2019

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