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PCE-1 Oil Pipeline/Point A 24” - Inspection Alternatives for a “Non-Piggable” Pipeline

[+] Author Affiliations
Aldo R. Franzoi, Sérgio I. O. Bueno

PETROBRAS/UN-BC, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

Cláudio S. Camerini

PETROBRAS/CENPES, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

José A. P. da Silva


Vinicius de C. Lima

PUC-RIO/CETUC, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

Paper No. IPC2004-0634, pp. 1069-1075; 7 pages
  • 2004 International Pipeline Conference
  • 2004 International Pipeline Conference, Volumes 1, 2, and 3
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada, October 4–8, 2004
  • Conference Sponsors: International Petroleum Technology Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4176-6 | eISBN: 0-7918-3737-8
  • Copyright © 2004 by ASME


The PCE-1, 24” pipeline was completed in 1982 and carries 15% of the Campos Basin’s oil production to the continent at about 800 m3 /h. In 1995, it was repaired by inserting three subset mechanical connectors. This repair made it impossible to run any conventional “rigid pigs” with instruments or for cleaning. Through the adaptation of accessories and electronic devices in flexpigs, it became possible to clean and inspect geometrically and to evaluate the internal corrosion of the pipeline. The results permitted the safe operation of the pipeline with the connectors.

Copyright © 2004 by ASME
Topics: Inspection , Pipelines



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