Drill Pipe Inspection
Tubestar can provide full range of pipe inspection ion sizes ranging from 2-3/8" to 6.5/8" while following customer's specifications and edition of DS-1 or API guidelines. We have state-of-the-art tube inspection equipment to meet API inspection requirements or third party inspections, including full-length wall thickness measurement of the pipe tubes. Also have various types EMI of units, conventional ones as well as dual-function units with wall monitoring. Drill Pipe Inspection services includes:
- Visual body and thread inspection
- UT Thickness Gauging
- Thread gauging
- End Area Inspections
- Electromagnetic Inspection (EMI)
- Ultrasonic Inspection On End Area
- Wet and Dry Magnetic Particle Inspection
- Dimensional Inspection
We also can provide refacing, straightening and pipe internal and external cleaning services.
BHA Tools Inspection
Bottom Hole Assembly (BHA) inspections are carried out as per latest editions of API and DS-1 (3-5) guidelines. BHA inspections services include:
- Visual Inspections
- Thread Gauging
- Wet and Dry Magnetic Particle Inspection
- Dimensional Inspection
Optional service of refacing if required can be provided.
Casing / Tubing Inspection
Inspection of used casing or tubing is carried out in accordance with API Spec 5CT and the general scope shall include:
- OD Blasting
- ID Cleaning
- Spot Wall Thickness Measurements
- Grade Sorting
- EMI on Body (Tubing)
- Visual Thread Inspection
- Full Length Drifting
- Black Light Inspections
- Hydraulic Pressure Testing
- Bucking Services
Drops Object Survey
Tubestar is a member of the DROPS forum and supports the aims and objectives of the UK's Dropped Objects Prevention Scheme (DROPS). Dropped Object Surveys and Inspections are a key element of dropped object control and prevention management systems.
Tubestar can help prevent a potential dropped object becoming another unwelcome safety statistic by conducting detailed dropped object survey of hazardous areas. We are all committed to preventing harm to personnel and damage to equipment from dropped objects. Tubestar provides qualified inspectors to conduct a thorough dropped object survey of the derrick and other areas as required.
All the areas which are to be inspected are divided under different zones and are surveyed as per Client's dropped object policy. All the findings are recorded in the report with photographic evidence and corrective actions for the same. Report is divided in to two parts, one is the Inspection Survey which includes all observations and another is the Failed Items list which covers the items which failed in the survey.
Generally Survey tasks are:
- Document equipment location by Inspection Area
- Photograph each item surveyed
- Include unique identification number to each item (tag numbers)
- Describe each item surveyed
- Inspect and document Primary Securing method(s)
- Inspect and document Secondary Retention method(s)
- Record equipment condition as Pass or Fail, including comments (ie Satisfactory or Reason for Failure)
- Record inspection frequency (ie weekly, monthly) as recorded in the Equipment Family Inspection Criteria
- Generate a Failed Items List
Dropped objects pose a significant threat to personal safety; they also have the potential to cause damage to structures, plant and equipment leading to loss of containment and consequential release to the environment.
- Inspection and recertification of Containers / Baskets and Pallets
- Proof load Testing Services
Load testing is carried out by competent inspectors who are competent as per local regulations or qualified by LEEA / NSL. In addition they are certified to ASNT Level II. Tubestar has in-house testing facility with tensile test beds for pull testing of loose lifting equipments like slings, shackles etc upto 100 Tons. We have customized hydraulic jacking units to load test pad eyes offshore upto 30 Tons. Hydraulic jacking unit is mounted on the pad eyes and load tested at required proof loads.
Eddy Current Inspection
More and more companies are opting to go in for Eddy current inspection due to inherent benefit of non-requirement of paint removal for inspection which is a drawback in the conventional NDT method of MPI. Eddy current eliminates the need of surface preparation and saves lot of time in paint removal and re-application of paint post inspection. Only at places indications received prove-up is done with MPI.
One of the major advantages of eddy current as an NDT tool is the variety of inspections and measurements that can be performed. In the proper circumstances, eddy currents can be used for:
- Crack detection
- Material thickness measurements
- Coating thickness measurements
- Conductivity measurements for:
- Material identification
- Heat damage detection
- Case depth determination
- Heat treatment monitoring
Some of the advantages of Eddy current inspection include:
- Sensitive to small cracks and other defects
- Detects surface and near surface defects
- Inspection gives immediate results
- Equipment is very portable
- Method can be used for much more than flaw detection
- Minimum part preparation is required
- Test probe does not need to contact the part
- Inspects complex shapes and sizes of conductive materials
Tubestar has onboard trained and qualified inspectors to carry out Eddy current inspection onshore and offshore. Tubestar uses the latest state of the art Phasec-3D unit from GE for inspection.
Hull Structural Thickness Gauging Survey
Tubestar is accredited with ABS for performing thickness gauging as part of special periodic survey for mobile offshore drilling units. Our personnel have necessary experience in various aspects of special survey and understand the special requirement survey to deliver accurate reports with tables and CAD drawings.
- Approved by ABS as a service supplier for thickness gauging – a constituent of intermediate and renewal special periodic surveys – part of class certification
- Thickness gauging on Low/High Pressure lines including mud lines, air lines, ballast lines, choke and kill lines/manifolds etc
- UT Shearwave inspection for internal defects
Radiography Inspection Services
Derrick Survey as per API RP 4G
Tubestar has completed numerous inspections for Derrick as per API RP 4G guidelines – which is the recommended practices for use and procedure for inspection, maintenance and repair of drilling and well servicing structures. Qualified personal will carry out derrick inspection (Category III) survey in line with API RP 4G. Inspection focuses on load bearing components and members to determine the condition of mast / derrick and substructure. A comprehensive report as per the template of API RP 4G is prepared and submitted to client with recommendations. Rope access technics complement the inspection for Derrick bolt checks etc.
The thorough inspection process covers:
- Gin pole construction, including platforms, ladders, braces safety gates, connection plates, bolts and fasteners
- Upper and lower sections of the derrick stem, including all platforms, ladders, braces safety gates, connection plates, bolts and fasteners
- Dolly track, including all Y-frame support beams, beam clamps and joint couplings
- Dolly carriage guide rails, including upper, middle and lower sections
- Racking board area, including the support frames, fingers straightness, latches, fingerboard access and all bolts and fasteners
- Racking system, including all racking board supports, platforms and system supports
- Derrick outfitting, including wind walls and any pipewort, such as vent lines or HP mud lines
- Derrick safety slings and lifting equipment
- Derrick structure footings
- Derrick structural general condition
- Percentage bolt tightness check – if required
Lifting Gear Inspection
Tubestar can inspect, test and certify all types of lifting appliances on location. We are a member of LEEA in the UK and follow the latest LOLER guidelines. These survey provide a comprehensive register and database of all hoisting and lifting equipments on a drilling rig and includes both fixed and loose lifting gears. All the equipments are inspected to latest standards of LOLER / API / BS and manufacturers guidelines wherever applicable.
Crane Load testing / Inspection – API RP 2D
Tubestar's experienced technicians conduct the crane inspection in accordance with API RD 2D standards and provide recommendations for repair or further inspections. Static and Dynamic load testing are performed as per requirement and Tubestar can mobilize calibrated load cells and waterbags at short notice to carry out Crane load testing.
Rig Audit & Inspection Division
- Rig inspection is a critical component in drilling a well and it is an integral part of preparation to spud a well
- Interruptions in drilling operations due to improper or malfunctioning equipment is a cause of expensive NPT which is avoidable
- Proper and appropriate rig inspections before acceptance of the rig, before the well is spud and follow up surveys during operations are critical to reduce downtime, increase reliability and safety and allow adequate environmental management and further to reduce NPT time related costs
- Tubestar, already in inspection business for more than 2 decades for tubulars, handling equipment, DROPS etc integrated the Rig Inspection to the existing capabilities in Q4, 2012 through a team of highly experienced drilling personnel and inspectors
- Tubestar gained the rig inspection experience through a tie-up with Fact-O- Rig for the last 5 years
- Tubestar had developed a complete rig inspection package with systems, policies, procedures, inspection models such that a comprehensive inspection solution can be provided to the industry in a most effective manner
- Tubestar rig inspectors are highly qualified drilling and maintenance personnel with lot of direct hands on experience in running and managing rigs and inspection of the rigs from construction to upgrade to operational management
- Tubestar has a comprehensive rig inspection model to suit the requirements of both Operators to hire a rig or Rig Owners to upgrade/new construction/purchase/selling the rigs
- Tubestar Rig Inspection has the following range of inspection services:
- Conditional survey (full conditional survey that provides accurate insight of the equipment status and condition and working systems)
- Fit for Purpose Acceptance Survey (depending upon the Client's objective, a fit for purpose survey confirms the functionality of the rig, systems, polices and procedures)
- Upgrade and New Construction (to be part of the Clients to ensure that the rig upgrade or new construction complies with all safety and operations standards)
- Compliance and Functionality Survey (to evaluate the compliance of the rig equipment, procedures and policies to the international acceptable standards and to conform the functionality of the equipment according to the standards and design)
- Value Evaluation and Selection Survey (to evaluate and value a rig for the purpose of either selling or purchasing as well as for banks/financial institutes to grant project loans and also to rank the rigs to create options to choose or select)
Yard Management Services
Rope access system (initially developed from the Mountaineering techniques) is a form of work positioning system which permits access to difficult to reach locations without use of Scaffolding, Cradles or Aerial platforms. Rope Access Technicians traverse on ropes to access work locations while suspended by their harness. This technique utilizes a back up fall arrest system which ensures redundancy. Rope access techniques have been used by the Industry for more than three decades and has an excellent safety track record.
- Time saving.
- Cost effective.
- Highly adaptable.
Tubestar a front runner in the Rope Access field offers complete Inspection, Maintenance and Repair services utilizing IRATA qualified technicians. IRATA safety procedures are being strictly adhered to. Compliance to ISO 22846-2:2012 & EN standards.
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