Contour Corrects Internal Erosion Defect Offshore

West Africa
Pipe Details

  • 102-mm (4-in) diameter pipe experienced internal erosion that resulted in a through-wall defect

  • 8.56 mm (0.34 in) original wall thickness.

Summary


  • 102-mm (4-in) diameter pipe experienced internal erosion that resulted in a through-wall defect
  • A team of 2 local Clock Spring trained technicians completed the 8-layer Contour repair in 2 days
  • No hot work was required during the repair application
  • Operations resumed safely until a permanent repair could be executed

Internal erosion on a 102-mm (4-in) diameter cushion T on an offshore facility had resulted in a through-wall defect that required immediate attention to minimize environmental impact and return the line to service. The asset owner shut in production to isolate the line but was unable to address the defect using traditional repair methods to restore the line to safety.

What was needed was a temporary reinforcement leak repair that would allow operations to continue safely until a spool section could be fabricated and the line replaced.

The answer to this challenge was Clock Spring Contour. Because the repair would have to be made on a line carrying hydrocarbons, engineers designed the solution in accordance with ISO 24817, which gives requirements and recommendations for the qualification, design, installation, testing and inspection for externally applied composite repair systems to corroded or damaged pipework, pipelines, tanks and vessels used in the petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries.

Contour Corrects Internal Erosion Defect Offshore
Internal erosion on a 102-mm (4-in) diameter cushion T on an offshore facility had created a through-wall defect.
Contour Corrects Internal Erosion Defect Offshore Mid Repair
Trained installers cleaned the spool section to create an adequate surface profile equivalent to SA2/NACE#3.

The repair team, made up of local Clock Spring trained and certified technicians, executed the Contour installation on the spool sections. The first step was to clean the spool section using power tools to remove the coating before applying a bristle blaster to create an adequate surface profile equivalent to SA2/NACE#3 so the composite repair could be installed.

The team of 2 technicians completed the repair over the course of 2 days following standard installation procedures, restoring the integrity of the line without introducing additional risks, allowing regular operations to resume.

 

There are nearly 3,000 trained Clock Spring installers around the world who are qualified to provide repairs with Clock Spring products. Clock Spring regularly offers training classes for installers and can custom design training for individual company needs.

Contour Corrects Internal Erosion Defect Offshore Completed Repair