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NDT Global to Conduct Baseline Survey of Trans Adriatic Pipeline

NDT Global announced March 10 that the company has been awarded a contract to complete a baseline inspection survey for Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) AG, headquartered in Baar, Switzerland.

NDT is a leading supplier of ultrasonic inline inspection (ILI) and acoustic resonance technology (ART). The company will face many challenging characteristics in surveying the 878-km large-diameter gas pipeline system, including mountainous terrain, high elevation profile, high wall thickness and a complex subsea depth profile. NDT Global’s ART Scan technology manages all these challenges, while seamlessly combining wall thickness, geometry and mapping survey capabilities into a single inspection.

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“NDT Global are excited to begin this baseline inspection program with Trans Adriatic Pipeline,” said Willem Vos, head of product management. “This award further illustrates that gas pipeline operators recognize the advantage of high accuracy UT inspections and further solidifies the future of Acoustic Resonance technology in the global gas pipeline market.”

TAP transports natural gas from the giant Shah Deniz field in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea to Europe. The pipeline connects with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) at the Turkish-Greek border in Kipoi, crosses northern Greece and Albania and the Adriatic Sea, before coming ashore in southern Italy.

As a key part of the Southern Gas Corridor, TAP is strategically and economically important to Europe and essential in providing reliable access to a new source of energy. TAP plays a significant role in boosting Europe’s energy security, supply diversification, as well as its decarbonization objectives.

TAP’s shareholding is comprised of bp (20 percent), SOCAR (20 percent), Snam (20 percent), Fluxys (19 percent), Enagás (16 percent) and Axpo (5 percent).

NDT Global is part of Eddyfi/NDT, an innovative technology group that strives to develop the most advanced NDT science and technology in the world. The ART Scan tool performs ultrasonic inline inspection of gas or liquid pipelines. Using acoustic resonance technology, the tool provides sub-millimeter accuracy wall thickness measurements. Beyond wall thickness, the non-contact sensors also provide a full geometry survey of dents, buckles, out-of-straightness and ovality. With this data, pipeline operators have all the information they need to take precise corrective action to maintain their asset integrity.

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