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Emergency Repair Readiness

In addition to maintaining the integrity of their pipeline networks, Liquids Transmission operators have a responsibility to respond quickly and effectively in the unlikely event of an incident. Advanced preparation in the form of an Emergency Pipeline Repair System (EPRS) can reduce the environmental and operational costs associated with an emergency, limit product loss, and help preserve company reputation.

An EPRS is a structured plan designed to facilitate the rapid and safe repair of damaged pipelines and platforms. In order to help operators implement their EPRS, TDW provides safe access to work areas. By offering dedicated, specialized personnel, non-intrusive, double block and monitor isolation, and hot tapping and plugging equipment and services, TDW enables operators to return assets to their pre-incident condition while:

  • Protecting the environment.
  • Protecting personnel.
  • Ensuring product continuity.

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Because critical pipeline repairs often call for hot tapping and plugging (HT&P) solutions, TDW offers Emergency Pipeline Repair Systems (EPRS) that help pipeline owners and operators respond promptly to crisis situations while minimizing their risks and losses.

TDW partners with clients to develop an EPRS customized to their unique environments, products, and pipelines. The process begins with a thorough risk assessment that considers every aspect of their operation, from pipeline pressure to proximity to high-consequence areas. From there, TDW develops the resulting data into a custom emergency response plan.

Once the plan is in place, TDW gathers the necessary equipment, including tapping machines, high-pressure fittings, valves, and isolation systems. As long as the EPRS is active, TDW stores the supplies and keeps the equipment well maintained and up-to-date – and ready when needed.

The ability to take a proactive approach to emergency pipeline repair has proven highly valuable in the Liquids Transmission, where maintaining ongoing product flow is essential.

Investing in an EPRS allows pipeline owners and operators to mobilize their resources quickly and to promptly remedy emergency situations — from leaks to stuck pigs — with a HT&P solution. As a result, employees, the environment, and company assets are protected, and costly downtime is kept to a minimum.