The Importance of Oil & Gas Pipeline Inspections

Oil and gas pipelines have become the preferred method for transporting materials due to cost-effectiveness, efficiency and safety. Therefore, pipelines are expensive assets that require necessary maintenance to ensure proper function. To protect these assets, pipeline inspections are vital to prevent pipeline failures that may have significant consequences for both natural and human environments.

Due to the increasingly strict oil and gas pipeline regulations, operators are implementing integrity programs, or pipeline inspections, that ensure leaks and failures do not occur. Integrity programs that combine structural condition assessment with regular verification of containment surveys reduce the risk of failure while extending the useful life of the pipeline asset.

According to industry trends, 65 percent of all offshore and onshore pipeline failures are caused by corrosion. If frequent, thorough pipeline inspections are performed, assessors can accurately inspect, identify, mitigate and communicate potential corrosions, anomalies and cracks. Ultimately, pipeline inspections prevent pipeline bursts, punctures, fractures and buckling. This, in turn, avoids business downtime.

However, during these pipeline inspection periods, most pipelines require a steady, temporary natural gas flow to ensure ongoing production and satisfied customers.

During pipeline inspections, Thigpen Energy can help. Thigpen Energy provides the most comprehensive natural gas fueling solutions in North America.

At Thigpen, we offer LNG and CNG fueling services for pipelines during pipeline integrity projects for pipeline operators. With our fleet of 100% mobile equipment, our highly trained team is capable of providing a turn-key solution when natural gas service is non-negotiable.

Contact Thigpen today to learn about how our services can aid your application during pipeline inspections.