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Wellhead valve repair using a hot tapping machine

Posted by Alan Hillier on Oct 20, 2016 11:45:01 AM


Following our recent infographic blog post coveringAPI gate valves, this time we take a look at the VHT range of valve hot tapping machines, which are designed for oil and gas high pressure maintenance operations, such as drilling through seized slab gate valves.

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Topics: On-site machining, hot tapping, valves

Hot tapping in subsea environments: overview and considerations

Posted by Alan Hillier on Jun 21, 2016 11:00:00 AM



Above: The Mirage CHT1000-SSSW subsea hot tapping machine 

Hot tapping challenges

Although the hot tapping has process has been carried out routinely by pipeline engineers for many decades, each project presents different obstacles to be overcome such as:

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Topics: Subsea, hot tapping

Essential machines and accessories needed for a hot tapping project

Posted by Alan Hillier on Dec 15, 2015 11:00:00 AM


If you’re an engineer working in the oil and gas industry, no doubt you've heard about the hot tapping process. But have you ever wondered exactly what machines are needed and how they would be used?  We’ve put together an example project below, to give you an insight into which machines and accessories needed.

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Topics: On-site machining, hot tapping, flanges, line stopping

Industry trends every pipeline project engineer should know

Posted by Alan Hillier on Dec 9, 2015 11:00:00 AM


What does the future hold for pipeline projects?

In this blog post we focus on global pipeline projects, including how the state of the oil and gas sector will drive future activity and the potential areas for growth.

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Topics: Subsea, Oil and Gas Industry, hot tapping, pipeline decommissioning, pipeline construction, clam shell cutters

The hot tapping machine procedure explained

Posted by Simon Pownall on Jul 28, 2015 8:05:00 AM


On a basic level, hot tapping is an installation procedure that connects pipelines whilst they remain in service. It is implemented when repairs to pipelines are required, due to damage or corrosion, or if the operator has decides to add branches to modify their current network.

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Topics: hot tapping



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