June 2020, Vol. 247, No. 6


Pigging the Unpiggable: ‘Everything Is Possible’ Through Innovation

By Danielle C. Roberts, Energy Writer   A pig used to clean large-diameter pipelines. The notion of sending a robotic “pig” into a pipeline is no longer news.  What is news is how the industry is revamping these pigs to make them smarter, more lightweight and more accurate in how they sniff out corrosion and other metal loss, cracks and defects in the vast network of onshore and offshore pipelines that drive our economic engines and our way of life.   Today, estimates vary widely, but experts cite a range of between 30% to 60% of the world’s pipelines that remain unpiggable. Innovation is helping to close the gap.  A Simple Solution

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