TDW performed the inspection on a new, 20-inch diameter refined multi-product transmission pipeline that runs 450 km (279 mi) from Mombasa to Nairobi using TDW multiple dataset (MDS) technology. The pipeline is owned and operated by the Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC). The goal of the operation was to provide a baseline measurement to determine any threats that may impact future integrity, including mechanical damage, illegal hot taps, selective seam weld corrosion and material property changes such as hard spots.
Prior to the MDS inspection, TDW and its Egyptian Channel Partner Engineering Petroleum Services (EPS) cleaned the pipeline to avoid potential ILI tool performance issues that can degrade inspection data. They performed 12 cleaning and gauging runs on the 450 km (279 mi) of pipeline, totaling 3,600 km (2,237 mi) of cleaning.
According to TDW, the inspection prepared the pipeline to meet demand for petroleum products in Kenya and the region for years to come.