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Development of inspection systems for hte inspection of metal pipelines buried underground, in concrete in water or covered with coatings (PIPESCAN)

Objective

Over 10m kIn of pipelines in Europe carry hazardous fluids including oil, oil products, chemicals and gases; they are subjected to corrosion by the environmentand contents and, in some cases, mechanical fatigue. Failure to inspect them can result in leakage of hazardous material into the environment and even explosion. Up to 90% of these pipelines are inaccessible for inspection by current inspection methods because these are: (1) Buried under concrete. (2) Buried underground. (3) Underwater or (4) Covered with coatings. Due to undetected leakages, in Europe up to 4m gallons of oil are leaked into the environment per year. The consortium SMEs propose to develop a set of mechanised inspection techniques, sensors and systems for finding defects and corrosion in pipe, which is inaccessible to the operator (ie pipes buried underground, in concrete in water or covered with coatings such as thick paint or insulation) without the need to """"dig up"""" or remove coatings. By developing this technology; the consortium SMEs will access the 250 million Euro per annum, pipeline and pipework inspection budget of World Oil & gas, chemical and electricity plant operator companies, 4 years after project completion. The economic objectives are: (1) A significant reduction in the cost of inspection. Europe wide saving of 200 million Euros is expected 4 years after project completion. (2) A reduction in the number of spillages and subsequent product losses and clean-up costs. (3) Profits from sales of the inspection systems and inspection service (approx 7m Euro bver 4 years). The social objectives are: (1) Elimination of hazard due to possible exposure of workers to asbestos used for older pipe insulation. (2) Elimination of hazard due to working on hot surfaces. (3) Elimination of labour intensive and monotonous inspection tasks. The environmental objectives are elimination/reduction of spillages of hazardous fluids and contamination of water supplies and pollution of natural habitats."

Call for proposal

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Coordinator

COAXIAL POWER SYSTEMS LIMITED
Address
Spectrum House, Finmere Road
Eastbourne, E Sussex
United Kingdom
 

Participants (12)

HEALTH AND SAFETY EXECUTIVE
United Kingdom
Address
Rose Court 2 Southwark Bridge
London
 
IDEASIS EPE
Greece
Address
Antoniou 12
Halkida
 
INNOSPEXION APS
Denmark
Address
Raunsbjergvej 10-12
Kisserup, Hvalso
 
KANEB TERMINALS LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Sierra House, Saint Marys Walk, Maidenhead
Berkshire
 
KINGSTON COMPUTER CONSULTANCY LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Talbot House, 206-224 Imperial Drive
Harrow
 
MILTECH HELLAS SA
Greece
Address
Metaxa Str
101 Peania
 
SPREE ENGINEERING LTD
United Kingdom
Address
1 London Road
Sittingbourne, Kent
 
TECHNICAL SOFTWARE CONSULTANTS LTD
United Kingdom
Address
7 Torriano Mews, Torriano Avenue
London
 
TECNITEST INGENIEROS SL
Spain
Address
C/ciudad De Frias, 1 - Nave 4
Madrid
 
TOTAL E&P UK PLC
United Kingdom
Address
33 Cavendish Square
London
 
TWI LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Granta Park, Great Abington
Cambridge
 
ZENON S.A. ROBOTICS AND INFORMATICS
Greece
Address
5 Kanari Street, Glyka Nera
Athens