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Pipeline Leak

Pipeline leaks can be caused by a number of threats, such as third-party damage, corrosion, fitting or equipment failure.

TDW offers Offshore Pipeline operators a suite of solutions that allow the operator to isolate and bypass the damaged pipeline section while keeping the line in service. TDW enables operators to:

  • Quickly and safely mitigate risk to personnel and the environment.
  • Restore the pipeline back to compliance with company and regulatory standards.
  • Save time and money through the deployment of efficient technologies.
  • Avoid bleeding down the entire pipeline.



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.


Non-intrusive inline isolation technology makes it possible for Offshore Pipeline operators to safely perform work on a section of a high-pressure pipeline without the need to bleed down the entire line

When included as part of an Emergency Pipeline Repair System (EPRS), non-intrusive inline isolation can be executed immediately after a pipeline leak, minimizing environmental and safety fallout. 

  • SmartPlug® isolation tool – Double block and monitor (DBM) inline isolation technology from TDW minimizes pipeline disruption by eliminating or drastically reducing the need to blow down the pipeline segment during repair, minimizing the release of hydrocarbons. This system also makes it possible for hydrostatic testing to take place immediately after isolation, and is tracked, positioned, controlled, and monitored through the SmartTrack™ system.