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Emergency Repair Readiness

In addition to maintaining the integrity of their pipeline networks, Offshore Pipeline 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 and gap analysis that considers every aspect of their operation, from pipeline pressure to access to weather conditions. 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, up-to-date, and ready when needed. 

The ability to take a proactive approach to emergency pipeline repair has proven highly valuable in the Offshore Pipeline market. A seemingly small leak or defect can easily escalate to a catastrophic situation that requires the immediate mobilization of critical materials, equipment, resources, and services. 

Investing in an EPRS allows offshore pipeline owners and operators to deliver an appropriate response to emergency situations — from leaks to stuck pigs — in the shortest time possible. As a result, employees, the environment, and company assets are protected, and costly downtime is kept to a minimum.


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TDW provides non-intrusive inline isolation technology that enables Offshore Pipeline operators to repair or replace pipeline sections while maintaining full line pressure against the isolation tool. 

  • SmartPlug® isolation technology – The TDW double block and monitor SmartPlug tool is a remotely controlled and operated, non-tethered pipeline isolation system for oil and gas pipelines. It protects people, assets, and the environment while saving time and money compared to the temporary decommissioning of the entire pipeline. In addition, SmartPlug technology enables local hydrotesting of the replaced/repaired area without affecting the integrity of the initial isolation, which can be held in place. The SmartPlug tool also allows for uninterrupted production and flow of other lines tied in to the downstream section of the isolated pipeline.

SmartPlug isolation tools are tracked and identified by the SmartTrack™ two-way communication system. The SmartTrack system accurately tracks, positions, and identifies pigs and tools in thick-wall buried or subsea pipes.