NDT for the Oil and Gas sector
NDT inspection within the oil and gas industry covers the upstream (exploration/production), midstream (transportation by pipeline) and downstream (refining) sectors. We recognise that in every part of this industry, safety is paramount and Magnaflux has become a key partner in providing NDT solutions that instill confidence and reassurance.
Magnaflux offers a comprehensive range of solutions to cover each element of this sector. In particular, our SPOTCHECK® range of visible penetrants is extensively used for the inspection of welds on oil and gas pipelines, where it is considered to be an industry standard.
The mechanical and structural integrity of offshore structures, such as oil and gas platforms, must be monitored on a continual basis to ensure both the safety of a rig’s employees and also the aquatic environment.
Initial inspection of critical components is normally undertaken onshore prior to shipping offshore. This usually involves the inspection of welded steel components using magnetic particle inspection. Both visible and UV fluorescent magnetic inks are typically used for these applications.
Once these components are offshore, a key factor about inspection during use is the need for portability, as inspections often involve working from ropes and ladders. Whilst eddy current techniques are used on coated/finished structures, the identification of a potential fault often leads to the deployment of magnetic particle inspection. Here, the use of a portable system – such as a lightweight DC Yoke with a magnetic particle ink – lends itself well to inspection within such an environment.
For more information and advice on how we can help your oil and gas business, please contact us.