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Titanium Pumping Services offers solutions and services to perfom Nitrogen (inert) Gas Purging, Leak Detection, Fluid Pumping and Pressure Testing are standard services offered for well interventions, pipeline projects and facility shut-down/turnarounds.

Titanium supports a full range of coil tubing, e-coil, wireline, nitrogen & fluid pumping services for upstream completion, well servicing, abandonment, plant & facility solutions.

Titanium is a unique Energy Service Company with decades of combined knowledge and experience that specializes in a wide range of diverse services for cleaning out, maintaining and repair of Energy Producers wells, pipelines, plant facilities and water treatment facilities.

Hydrostatic Pressure Test

hydrostatic test is a way in which pressure vessels such as pipelinesplumbing, gas cylinders, boilers and fuel tanks can be tested for strength and leaks. The test involves filling the vessel or pipe system with a liquid, usually water, which may be dyed to aid in visual leak detection, and pressurization of the vessel to the specified test pressure. Pressure tightness can be tested by shutting off the supply valve and observing whether there is a pressure loss. The location of a leak can be visually identified more easily if the water contains a colorant. Strength is usually tested by measuring permanent deformation of the container. Hydrostatic testing is the most common method employed for testing pipes and pressure vessels. Using this test helps maintain safety standards and durability of a vessel over time. Newly manufactured pieces are initially qualified using the hydrostatic test. They are then re-qualified at regular intervals using the proof pressure test which is also called the modified hydrostatic testTesting of pressure vessels for transport and storage of gases is very important because such containers can explode if they fail under pressure

Pumping

In the context of oil wellspumping is a routine operation involving injecting fluids into the well. Pumping may either be done by rigging up to the kill wing valve on the Xmas tree or, if an intervention rig up is present pumping into the riser through a T-piece (a small section of riser with a connection on the side). Pumping is most routinely done to protect the well against scale and hydrates through the pumping of scale inhibitors and methanol. Pumping of kill weight brine may be done for the purposes of well kills and more exotic chemicals may be pumped from surface for cleaning the lower completion or stimulating the reservoir (though these types are jobs are more frequently done with coiled tubing for extra precision).

Work involving wells is fraught with difficulties as there is often very little information about the real time condition of the completion. This lack of knowledge also covers potential damage and even loss of well integrity. Therefore, it is essential for the operator to pay attention to the pressures as recorded and to the quantity pumped. A premature increase in pressure is sign of a potential blockage and continuing to pump risks burst pressure retaining components. Pumping more than an anticipated amount of fluid is a sign of a loss of integrity and a potential leak path somewhere. In either of these two situations, pumping must be stopped and the potential causes analysed.

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N2 Inert Gas Purge

In fire and explosion prevention engineering, purging refers to the introduction of an inert (i.e. non-combustible) purge gas into a closed system (e.g. a container or a process vessel) to prevent the formation of an ignitable atmosphere. Purging relies on the principle that a combustible (or flammable) gas is able to undergo combustion (explode) only if mixed with air in the right proportions. The flammability limits of the gas define those proportions, i.e. the ignitable range.

Assume a closed system (e.g. a container or process vessel), initially containing air, which shall be prepared for safe introduction of a flammable gas, for instance as part of a start-up procedure. The system can be flushed with an inert gas to reduce the concentration of oxygen so that when the flammable gas is admitted, an ignitable mixture cannot form. In NFPA 56,[1] this is known as purge-into-service. In combustion engineering terms, the admission of inert gas dilutes the oxygen below the limiting oxygen concentration.

Assume a closed system containing a flammable gas, which shall be prepared for safe ingress of air, for instance as part of a shut-down procedure. The system can be flushed with an inert gas to reduce the concentration of the flammable gas so that when air is introduced, an ignitable mixture cannot form. In NFPA 56[1] this is known as purge-out-of-service.

Leak Detection

Pipeline leak detection is used to determine if and in some cases where a leak has occurred in systems which contain liquids and gases. Methods of detection include hydrostatic testing, infrared, and laser technology after pipeline erection and leak detection during service.

Pipeline networks are the most economic and safest mode of transportation for oil, gases and other fluid products. As a means of long-distance transport, pipelines have to fulfill high demands of safety, reliability and efficiency. If properly maintained, pipelines can last indefinitely without leaks. Most significant leaks that do occur are caused by damage from nearby excavation. If a pipeline is not properly maintained, it can corrode, particularly at construction joints, low points where moisture collects, or locations with imperfections in the pipe. However, these defects can be identified by inspection tools and corrected before they progress to a leak. Other reasons for leaks include accidents, earth movement, or sabotage.[1]

The primary purpose of leak detection systems (LDS) is to help pipeline controllers to detect and localize leaks. LDS provide alarms and display other related data to the pipeline controllers to assist decision-making. Pipeline leak detection systems can also enhance productivity and system reliability thanks to reduced downtime and inspection time.

According to the API document “RP 1130”, LDS are divided into internally based LDS and externally based LDS. Internally based systems use field instrumentation (for example flow, pressure or fluid temperature sensors) to monitor internal pipeline parameters. Externally based systems use a different set of field instrumentation (for example infrared radiometers or thermal cameras, vapor sensors, acoustic microphones or fiber-optic cables) to monitor external pipeline parameters.

Tank leak detection is implemented to alert the operator to a suspected release from any part of the tank system, what enables to prevent from soil contamination and loss of product.

In many countries regulated UST are required to have an approved leak detection method so that leaks are discovered quickly and the release is stopped in time.

Titanium Energy Pumping Services

Titanium Energy Service specializes in a wide range of diverse services for E&P wells, pipelines, plant facilities and water treatment facilities.

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Titanium Pumping Services Gas Purging, Leak Detection, Fluid Pumping and Pressure Testing solutions for well interventions, pipeline projects and facility shut-down/turnarounds.

Titanium Pumping Services & Solutions

Titanium supports a full range of coil tubing, e-coil, wireline, nitrogen & fluid pumping services for upstream completion, well servicing, abandonment, plant & facility solutions.

  • Nitrogen Inert Gas Purging
  • Nitrogen Leak Detection
  • Nitrified Wellbore Clean-Out
  • Nitrified Pipeline Clean-Out
  • Nitrogen Pipeline Leak Detection
  • Nitrogen Tank Purge
  • Nitrogen Facility Purge
  • Nitrogen Blowdown for Plant Shutdowns
  • Nitrogen Blowdown for Plant Turnarounds
  • Fluid Pumping
  • Fluid Pressure Testing
  • Sand Clean-Outs
  • Foam Clean-Outs
  • Wellbore Clean-Outs
  • Well Servicing Operations
  • Circulating Out Kicks
  • Setting Down-hole Tools
  • Pipeline Integrity

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