Pipeline Equities
PO Box 571977
Houston, Texas 77257
Phone: 713-623-0690

Pipeline Recovery

excavation & removal

Damage Assessment

of easements

Pipeline Appraisal

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Salvaging Pipelines: Techniques and Strategies for Effective Restoration

The first step in salvaging pipelines involves a comprehensive assessment and inspection process. Advanced inspection technologies, such as inline inspection tools (often referred to as “smart pigs”), drones, and remote sensing techniques, are utilized to gather accurate data about the condition of the pipeline. This data includes measurements of corrosion, cracks, and deformations, which help engineers determine the extent of the damage and the areas that require immediate attention.

Salvaging the pipeline:

  • Excavation and Replacement: In cases of extensive damage, sections of the pipeline may need to be excavated and replaced. This process involves cutting out the damaged section and welding in a new segment.
  • Composite Sleeve Repair: For localized damage, composite sleeves can be used. These sleeves are wrapped around the damaged area, providing structural reinforcement and preventing further deterioration.
  • Pipeline Cladding: Cladding involves applying a protective layer to the pipeline’s surface to enhance its resistance to corrosion and external forces.
  • Cathodic Protection: This technique involves using sacrificial anodes or impressed current systems to protect the pipeline from corrosion by creating an electrochemical barrier.

Salvaging pipelines requires careful consideration of environmental impacts. Measures must be taken to contain the spill from leaks or ruptures and prevent it from causing further harm to ecosystems and communities. Remediation efforts may involve soil and water cleanup, wildlife protection, and community engagement to ensure that the restoration process minimizes its ecological footprint.

Safety is paramount during pipeline salvage operations. Strict protocols are followed to protect workers, nearby communities, and the environment. This includes implementing proper ventilation systems, personal protective equipment (PPE), and adherence to industry regulations and guidelines.

Modern technology plays a vital role in salvaging pipelines. Remote-operated vehicles (ROVs) equipped with cameras and sensors can navigate through pipelines to assess damage and carry out repairs in challenging environments. Additionally, data analytics and artificial intelligence are used to analyze inspection data and predict potential weak points in pipelines, enabling proactive maintenance.

After the salvage and restoration process is complete, continuous monitoring and maintenance are essential to ensure the long-term integrity of the pipeline. Regular inspections, corrosion monitoring, and data analysis help detect any emerging issues and allow for timely interventions before major damage occurs.

Salvaging pipelines is a multifaceted process that demands a combination of technical expertise, advanced tools, and environmental consciousness. By employing innovative technologies and adhering to strict safety and environmental standards, engineers and professionals can effectively salvage pipelines, extending their lifespan and contributing to the reliability of our vital infrastructure. As technology continues to evolve, the industry will be better equipped to address pipeline challenges and maintain the integrity of these essential conduits.

Contact us today for all your pipeline salvaging needs.

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Pipeline Recovery Manual

A complete guide to the business of recovering out of use pipelines

Sign up for our free newsletter to receive your complimentary copy of our Pipeline Recovery Manual that explains our entire process for recovering or salvaging idled or abandoned pipelines.

You will see how we deal with landowners regarding notification and recordings. How to draft a contract of sale with models by: Exxon, Texaco, Koch and others and pictures showing actual work in process.

The manual shows Pipeline Equities job references, right of way releases, agreements and the history and background of Pipeline Equities and managing partner David Howell. These references touch on parts of the six million feet of line removed or handled by the company over the past twenty years.

A line pipe table describing various weights, grades, and pressure ratings of ERW and seamless line pipe is included. This section is an indispensable tool for anyone doing operational word with line pipe.

Also included are extensive glossaries of pipe, pipeline, and right of way terms.

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Pipeline Appraisal Handbook

The Definitive How-To Guide on Establishing Values for Pipelines

This handbook written by David Howell, managing partner of Pipeline Equities is the basic text of any pipeline valuation. All of the essential factors for establishing the value of a pipeline are discussed along with exclusive proprietary formulas and tables essential to a certified appraisal.

Also included are 32 pages of pipe weight and grades tables that cover virtually any situation which might be encountered regarding line pipe requirements. Additionally you’ll find an extensive glossary of pipe, pipeline and right of way terminology is part of the Handbook.

Subjects include: Replacement, Right of Way, Surface Inventory, Throughput, Salvage/Recovery, and comparable sales histories to name a few of the basic factors of pipeline appraisal.

The author recognized a need for a report or “how to” manual for properly appraising pipelines and pipeline right of ways. Currently the work is being done by accounting firms, engineers, and real estate appraisers.

This handbook draws from 45 years of experience.

Howell has forty-five years experience in many sectors of the petroleum industry from drilling contractor and oil and gas operator to pipe and supply distribution throughout the world. He has published Tradex Equipment magazine, the Whole World Oil Directory, and the Texas Oil Register.

For the past twenty years, Howell has been almost exclusively engaged in pipeline sales and acquisition, appraisal, removal for salvage, environmental remediation and general pipeline operations.

Howell currently serves on board of the Pipeline Appraisal Institute and is a member of the International Right of Way Association. Howell is a graduate of Texas A&M University – Kingsville and a native of Alice, Texas. He is currently residing in Houston and is the managing partner of Pipeline Equities.