Pipeline Acquisitions – ‘What are you buying?’


Over the past decade, oil and gas discoveries in various shale and field plays around the U.S. and Gulf of Mexico have led to an increased rise in the number of transfers and acquisitions of pipeline assets. These assets include pipelines serving processing plants, producers, storage facilities, and those associated with power plants and other industrial users.  Changes in global and domestic energy markets have continued that trend. Prudent operators routinely request and review documentation as part of their due diligence in making these acquisitions. In order to avoid costly mistakes, decision makers involved in pipeline acquisitions should involve IRM Systems (IRMS) as a consultant early in the process to allow sufficient time to include the lifetime extension (LTE) review for the pipelines that are being acquired.

IRM Systems (IRMS) follow the two main international guidelines that are used for lifetime extension: NORSOK Y-002 and ISO 12747. Every pipeline system is designed for a theoretical maximum duration
called its design life. In some instances, there may be a requirement to continue operations beyond this date. At IRMS, the life extension process is discussed step-by-step with guidance on technical considerations at each stage of the life-cycle.  With IRMS and IRM Smart Pipeline Data (IRM SPD), we can assess the fitness for service of a pipeline system for an additional 10 to 20 years.  Pipeline life extension opens up many development opportunities, especially in challenging economic conditions. If a pipeline can be re-used or
re-purposed for future developments, significant CAPEX reductions can be achieved allowing the opportunity for other growth projects to be developed. To enable this opportunity the risks of continued operation must
be fully understood following a systematic and comprehensive approach. Once the risks are understood then they can be adequately managed through a proactive integrity management program. 


     15 July 2018 - by Mark Carney



Pigging un-piggable lines


Pigging is a big part of operations for every Oil & Gas company. However, not all pipelines are the same
and operators regularly face challenges while inspecting and/or cleaning their pipelines. That is where IRM Systems comes in with our wide experience in pigging and inspection of onshore and offshore pipelines.
Our clients include some of the major operators worldwide including the highly  congested Port of Rotterdam area.

Recently, we completed a cleaning and inspection of a 16-inch crude oil pipeline from Koole to Pernis.
The challenge in the project was the lack of pigging facilities (launcher and receiver). IRMS scope started with a thorough feasibility study that covered identification and assessment of the pipeline configuration and operational history. Furthermore, it included the design of launching and receiving facilities, development
of cleaning and inspection procedure as well as identification and assessment of cleaning and inspection tools. We then identified and evaluated potential suppliers of equipment. Finally, we coordinated and supervised the entire cleaning and inspection operation to the full satisfaction of the client. A challenge overcome in a cost effective and timely manner.


13 June 2018 – by Firdaus Hadi


Non-metal pipeline integrity


How do you know if your non-metal pipeline is still up for the job? The inspection of non-metal pipelines is not that different from regular steel pipelines, it is merely a matter of understanding your asset. It starts with knowing the failure modes of your pipeline and understanding the mechanics that lead to such a failure. The next step is to determine which inspection techniques will be able to detect the defects that may eventually lead to failure.

As an independent company, IRMS will not limit the analysis to the standard techniques that are commercially used within the Oil & Gas industry. We encourage service providers to investigate the technologies used in other industries and with the help of our clients that have non-standard issues, we can change the boundaries of the current inspection capabilities. Whether you are facing challenges with integrity management or interested in expanding your current capabilities for the inspection of non-metal pipelines, we would like to get in touch with you!


April 20, 2018 - Sarah de Smet