STATS Group has invested more than £3 million in developing a range of hot tapping machines, expanding their fleet of oil and gas pipeline intervention service equipment, and opening a new 15,000 sq ft workshop and office facility.
The SureTap range of hot tapping machines have been designed and built at the company’s new intervention facility to the south of Kendal, Cumbria, and are being deployed on international pipeline intervention projects via STATS global service centre network in Edmonton Canada, Houston USA and Abu Dhabi and Qatar in the Middle East.
Pipeline technology specialist STATS has a long track-record in designing patented technologies which save production downtime and improve safety when conducting critical isolation or intervention repair workscopes. This latest investment underlines the group’s commitment to developing industry leading solutions and expanding its global reach.
The SureTap propriety range comprises four models with cutting capacities ranging in size from 3” to 48”, to provide safe and reliable hot tapping operations on a range of pipeline materials and mediums up to 2220 psi/153 bar (ANSI Class 900).
Each hot tap machine is suitable for use in sour (H2S) products and is capable of deploying and recovering completion plugs. An innovative positive retention pilot drill system ensures robust securing and recovery of the cut pipe coupon, while a process fluid seal housing features a double block and bleed configuration. High pressure configuration machines also feature a pressure compensated feed system.
The SureTap range also includes supporting equipment, such as valve adaptors and cutters, and has been designed to be compatible with industry standard tapping equipment.
STATS patented BISEP provides a fail-safe double block and bleed isolation which is deployed through a single full bore hot tap penetration, without the need for additional bleed or vent ports. The BISEP offers significant safety advantages over traditional line stop technology and the hydraulically activated dual seals provide leak-tight isolation of live, pressurised pipelines.