September 16, 2021

The Tubot Startup Has Successfully Tested a Robot for Oil and Gas Pipeline Diagnostics

The Tubot robotic startup (part of the TechnoSpark group of companies with the participation of Sigma.Novosibirsk) has held demonstration tests at the oil production facility of the Sredneobskaya oil and gas bearing area of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug.

The tests were held while studying the possibility of determining the technical condition and increase in the operational reliability of pipelines using a diagnostic complex.

The customer chose a pipeline with a diameter of 219 mm and a wall thickness of 10 mm. Areas of a complex geometry with bends, branches, vertical and horizontal segments made it possible to test the diagnostic complex and confirm the technical characteristics declared by the manufacturer.

For in-pipe inspection, Tubot uses a single entry point, which reduces the cost of diagnostics and allows for more frequent diagnostics. It is not required to provide open access to the pipes during such inspection.

“Tubot in-pipe inspection is cheaper and more efficient than the inspection outside the pipe. The information obtained on the state of the metal and the damage allows our customers and partners to predict the service life of a pipeline, as well as to make individual repairs where costs for replacing an entire section were planned”.

Stanislav Rozanov, Director of Tubot

The Tubot product line will soon be expanded with robots for pipelines from 75 mm to 1,500 mm in diameter and a set of modules: traction, cleaning, diagnostic, repair and others. The robots can be made in an explosion-proof design and pass sections up to 500 m, carrying out telemetry in real time.

In-pipe diagnostics performed by Tubot identifies most of the causes of accidents, preventing: environmental damage, risk to operating personnel, loss of resources, reputational costs, fines, costs of accident elimination and pipeline restoration, pipeline downtime. In-pipe diagnostics also identifies areas with residual service life, allowing local repair works instead of replacing a complete pipe. When carrying out in-pipe diagnostics, it is not required to completely open the pipeline and release it from insulation.
Source: Media Office of TechnoSpark

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