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Oil Field Pipeline Inspection

Aged pipelines and worn-out cables are susceptible to oil leakage and wire overheating, which is a dangerous combination. Thermal imaging can help oil and gas companies detect and repair risky pipes and worn-out wires that could cause potential platform shutdown.


Customer's Challenge

Offshore oil and gas industries are facing a unique challenge: advancements in geology and drilling techniques have driven many older, aging platforms beyond their designed lifespan for continuous production.


This could lead to some serious safety as well as asset management issues. Aged pipelines and worn-out cables are susceptible to oil leakage and wire overheating, which is a dangerous combination. Besides, it would lead to energy loss or material damage.


The oil and gas field, therefore, requires periodic inspection. However, due to the vastness of platforms and the complexity of the infrastructure, traditional Inspection methods are costly and impractical. The key challenge is to find a way to efficiently monitor and maintain extensive fields.


The Solution

Thermal imaging cameras can perfectly fulfill the oil and pipes industry’s needs. FOTRIC 348A handheld cameras are used to intuitively identify and diagnose worn-out insulation layers on pipes, aged flange joints, and failing cable wires from afar.


The FOTRIC 348A’s superb image quality combined with the resolution of 640x480 and high sensitivity of 40 mK, can accurately find the insulator’s missing area or other aging problems.


Its length measurement function with laser ranger makes locating and replacing faulty insulators much easier.


The Result

Through periodic inspections with FOTRIC thermal imaging cameras, maintenance professionals can detect potential problems without contact from afar, and accurately locate its physical position. Therefore, it can efficiently help oil companies avoid economic loss and prevent safety hazards.

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