NDT Solutions for Downstream Oil and Gas Inspection
At the end of cross country oil and gas pipelines and transoceanic journeys is the downstream oil and gas industry. These are the refineries that remove impurities and turn crude oils into gasoline, kerosene, and countless other petroleum products. The refineries work with thousands of barrels of oil flowing through countless miles of small and large pipes, tubing, pressure vessels, and storage tanks daily. The safety of workers, the facility, and the surrounding environment and communities depend on the integrity of this equipment and the quality of the welding that holds them together.
Hydrogen sulfide and carbon dioxide can corrode steel through hydrogen embrittlement, the precipitation of iron sulfides from the steel, and the actions of carbonic acids. These processes are all enhanced by the heat and pressure at the heart of the refining process. Fortunately, nondestructive testing (NDT) using ultrasonic and eddy current techniques allows for the detection of corrosion and developing flaws during downstream oil and gas inspection.
Zetec has decades of experience providing ultrasonic and eddy current testing equipment for downstream oil and gas inspection. We’ve prepared a brief guide to help you narrow down what Zetec testing equipment best fulfills your needs.
Downstream Oil and Gas Inspection Resources and Application Notes
To help you find equipment and develop procedures of common downstream oil and gas inspection and nondestructive testing, we’ve compiled a list of resources and training.
- Generic Weld Inspection
- Austenitic Weld Inspections
- Corrosion Mapping
- Thick Carbon Steel Vessel Welds (webinar)
- Scalable Oil and Gas Inspection Solutions (webinar)
- Surface and Subsurface Cracking (webinar)
- High-Temperature Hydrogen Attack (HTHA) (webinar)
Product Recommendations for Downstream Oil and Gas NDT Applications
Zetec equipment has been used to successfully complete many different types of downstream oil and gas inspections, including high-temperature hydrogen attack (HTHA). A selection of the most common inspection types, paired with our recommended equipment, is listed below. To find an NDT solution for an application that is not listed in the following chart, please contact our experts, who can help you determine the equipment you need.
Improving NDT downstream oil and gas inspection requires that technicians are provided with durable, efficient, and powerful NDT equipment that is suited to the task. Zetec offers a suite of NDT solutions for basic and advanced downstream oil and gas inspection to help keep refinery equipment in service longer and refineries running safely.