May 2017 Vol. 72 No. 5


Enbridge, NDT Global Advance Next-Generation Pipeline Inspection Tech

Enbridge Inc. and NDT Global are partnering in a multi-year research and development project to advance innovation in pipeline inspection technology and, ultimately, drive pipeline safety and reliability to a new level.

“We believe this next-generation project with NDT Global will build on the industry-leading tools and technology we already use, and further enhance our ability to inspect, monitor and prioritize cracking threats in pipelines,” said Walter Kresic, vice president pipeline integrity, Enbridge.

In-line inspection tools, known as “intelligent pigs,” are highly complex pieces of equipment that use sophisticated sensor technology and powerful computation to inspect pipes millimeter by millimeter. They are essential to Enbridge’s program of pipeline integrity management.

“NDT Global’s long-term goal is to eliminate pipeline failure due to pipe integrity defects,” said Mario Lemme, CEO of NDT Global.
An important step will be to prove the equipment capability by conducting test runs within the Enbridge pipelines in Canada and the U.S.

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