NDT Global and Enbridge advance pipeline-inspection technology
NDT Global has entered into an agreement with Enbridge to advance the research and development of the next generation of pipeline-inspection technology.
The two companies have an extensive history, having worked together for 15 years on pipeline inspections, and are at the forefront of the industry in advancing crack assessment with high-resolution ultrasonic inspections.
The ultimate goal of the multi-year research and development project is to drive pipeline safety and reliability to a new level, while also focusing on the development of a new generation of inspection tools to further improve pipe crack assessment.
It will also hopefully bring further innovation and a new technology capability to the existing integrity management programs.
Enbridge Vice President Pipeline Integrity of Enbridge Pipelines Walter Kresic said “At Enbridge, we are continually looking for opportunities to enhance existing technologies, and progress new ones, in the areas of design, construction, operation, and maintenance, to keep our pipelines safe.
“We believe this next generation project with NDT Global will build on the industry-leading tools and technology we already use, and further enhance our ability to inspect, monitor, and prioritise cracking threats in pipelines.”
NDT Global CEO Mario Lemme said “NDT Global’s long-term goal is to eliminate pipeline failure due to pipe integrity defects.
“Achieving this requires collaboration in long-term research and development projects.
“We are delighted to collaborate closely with Enbridge on this initiative, which offers a real opportunity to make a breakthrough in crack-assessment capability.”
The new project is aimed at evolving existing in-line inspection performance, with ambitious goals for improving the ability to accurately and consistently find crack features.
An important step is to prove the capability of the equipment by conducting test runs in the Enbridge pipeline networks in Canada and the US.
In the last five years, Enbridge has invested almost CA$5 billion (US$3.73 billion) on programs that help it maintain its systems in operation across Canada and the US.
For more information visit the NDT Global website.
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