Sourcing used line pipe for oil and gas pipelines can be a cost-effective and sustainable way to meet your project’s needs. Here are the key steps and considerations that go into sourcing used line pipe:
First we determine the specifications of the line pipe you need, including size, grade, wall thickness, length, and coating type. We try to understand the quality standards and regulations applicable to the type of line pipe you require. Applicable line pipe may vary based on your intended use. We work directly with reputable suppliers who specialize in used line pipe. This may include pipe yards, used line pipe salvage companies, or industrial equipment suppliers. Most of the time we are able to skip the middleman. David Howell published an article: Midstream Middlemen: Buying and Selling Pipelines in Throughput E-Mag.
After locating the specified line pipe, we inspect the used line pipe for signs of corrosion, weld integrity, and overall condition. We ensure the supplier can provide documentation on the pipe’s history, including its original source, previous usage, and any testing or inspection records. Then we verify the condition of any coatings or linings on the pipe, as these can significantly impact its lifespan and performance.
We conduct additional testing, such as non-destructive testing (NDT), to ensure the used pipe is structurally sound and meets your required specifications. Then we plan for the transportation and handling of the pipe, ensuring that it’s done in a way that doesn’t damage or compromise the pipe’s quality.
We specialize in evaluating the total cost of sourcing used line pipe, including procurement, inspection, transportation, and potential refurbishment costs. Then we compare it to purchasing new pipe. This helps determine the cost-effectiveness of using used pipe for your project over using new line pipe. It is also important to consider the environmental impact and sustainability benefits of using used line pipe compared to new materials.
To ensure that you comply with all local, regional, and national regulations and obtain any necessary permits for using used line pipe, we will walk you through your used line pipe – every step of the way. We provide a quality assurance plan for the installation and use of the used line pipe to ensure it performs as intended.
We handle all of the logistics including receiving, storing, and installing the used line pipe as part of your project management strategy. Our legal team ensures that your procurement and usage of used line pipe align with all legal requirements, including contracts and liability issues.
Sourcing used line pipe can be a viable option when done with due diligence and in compliance with industry standards. It can help you save costs and reduce the environmental impact of your project, but it’s essential to prioritize quality and safety throughout the process.
Contact us today to discuss your used line pipe requirements.