Halliburton has introduced InnerVue non-intrusive pipeline and wellbore diagnostics, a technology that quickly detects blockages or leaks and profiles deposits in pipelines and wellbores. Without the need for intrusive intervention, the service interprets pressure waves reflecting from internal features of the pipeline or wellbore and extrapolates the pressure reflections into deposit profiles or blockage and leak locations.
A proprietary software analyzes the pressure wave signature to determine the profile of the hydraulic diameter of a pipe or wellbore, detecting blockages such as stuck pigs or the top-of-a-cement plug, and identifies fluid leakage locations and volume.
“InnerVue diagnostics is unique in its ability to help customers make better decisions by monitoring the effectiveness of their flow assurance program, reducing the cost of blockage remediation, and preventing product loss and environmental damage,” Scott Greig, Senior Director for Halliburton Pipeline and Process Services, said.
The service has been deployed in both the US and international markets. It was recently used in a offshore clean-out operation involving a stuck pig incident 40 days after the start of production that resulted from the build-up of hydrates and wax during the first operational pig run. In another case, the service was used to accurately locate a stuck tool in a high-risk pipeline in South Texas that was causing an operator to lose valuable production uptime. Additionally, InnerVue diagnostics mapped severe wax deposits in a critical pipeline in the North Sea, providing a total debris profile within one day, and verified top-of-cement depth in a well without the need for a topside setup change or a wireline run.