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How to Recognize the Signs Your Pipeline Is Leaking

The oil and gas industry uses buried pipelines to transport products. While useful, these pipelines carry products that can prove incredibly dangerous when mishandled. That’s why it’s important to maintain your pipeline and prevent cracks, corrosion, and other damage that can lead to a leak. Of course, you can’t always catch problems before they occur. Learning how to recognize the signs your pipeline is leaking is a key part of quickly identifying and addressing issues. Help protect your infrastructure by watching out for these common signs...

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How Mechanical Pipe Plugs Work

When conducting pipeline inspections, you and your team need the right tools for the job. Using the wrong pipe plug can lead to ruined tests, cracked pipes, and a lot of time and money down the drain. It’s important to know how mechanical pipe plugs work so that you can choose the right product for your needs. Learn more about mechanical pipe plugs use and how they work with this guide. ...

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Protective Equipment for Plumbing Pros

We know plumbing can be messy, but it can also be dangerous. From slips and falls to toxic chemicals to searing steam, plumbers may face a range of hazards. To keep you and your team safe, here are eight best practices on protective equipment for plumbing contractors...

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What a Hydrostatic Pipeline Test Entails

Hydrostatic tests are an essential part of safe pipeline operation. Learn what a hydrostatic pipeline test entails and why it’s important with this guide.

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How To Fix Broken Portions of Pipeline

Pipeline breaks can be both disruptive and dangerous. Corroded metal, cracked pipes, and other damage can lead to a loss of resources and product leaks that can harm nearby people, wildlife, and environments. If your pipeline needs repair, it’s important to do the job quickly and effectively. The sooner you solve the problem, the sooner you can get your infrastructure up and running again. Learn more with our guide on how to fix broken portions of pipeline without severely disrupting service. ...

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How to Mitigate Risks of Hot Tapping

Hot tapping is a process that allows pipeline repairs or expansion to be completed without disrupting normal operations or depressurizing the system. The benefit of hot tapping is that sections of pipeline can be isolated and flow can be stopped with minimal downtime and without stopping production. Due to the nature of this repair there are inherent variables to consider to mitigate risks...

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What is Hot Tapping

Hot tapping is a process used to attach a branch connection to a pipeline without needing to depressurize or disrupt normal operations. The technique is also used to isolate sections of pipe for maintenance by plugging or stopping the line. Hot tapping is also referred to as line tapping, pressure tapping, pressure cutting, and side cutting. ...

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Safe Pipe Plug Installation Guide

Safe Pipe Plug Installation Guide

When installing pipe plugs, safety should be your top priority. Plugs and line stops are used in high pressure situations that can quickly become dangerous or even deadly if the proper procedures and precautions are not followed. To help avoid accidents or injuries, read this guide for tips and best practices to install pipe plugs in the safest way possible. ...

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Inflatable Terminology

Important Inflatable Terminology

Petersen® inflatable hot tap pipe plug insertion systems greatly reduce the time and costs associated with stopping the flow in pressurized pipelines. They allow you to quickly insert inflatable plugs into live pipelines without flow interruption. In order to better understand inflatable plugs and their hot tap insertion systems, it's important to understand the terminology...

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Hydrostatic Pipeline Testing

What a Hydrostatic Pipeline Test Entails

A hydrostatic pipeline test is one of many procedures that allows pipeline workers to ensure a pipeline system is operating safely. These tests often occur at the end of construction or maintenance to determine whether the pipeline is ready to return to service...

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Oil and Gas Industry

2020 Trends in the Oil and Gas Industry

No matter what part you play in the industry, it’s important to stay on top of news, trends, and other vital, ever-changing information. The oil and gas industry has its share of uncertainties, including economic fluctuations, trade agreements, and societal energy transitions...

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Oil and Gas Industry

How to Choose an Inflatable Plug

Inflatable pipe plugs are a staple in pipeline maintenance and operation. The right pipe plug allows you to hold inspections, make repairs, and perform other operations on a pipeline with minimal interruption. When you can perform maintenance on a section of pipeline without draining it or otherwise halting its operations, you can preserve your infrastructure and cause as little hassle as possible for everyone involved. Of course, not all pipe plugs are created equal. To get the job done, the plug needs to fit the pipe and be able to handle the right pressure, temperature, and liquid product within. Make your maintenance and repairs as smooth as possible with our guide on how to choose an inflatable pipe plug....

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Choosing the correct Flow Stop Solution

How to Choose the Correct Flow Stop Solution

There is a wide range of different types and sizes of pipe plugs on the market made from a variety of materials and designed for many specific flow stop tasks. Choosing the right stopper is crucial for both saving you time and avoiding unnecessary costs...

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