By creating a connection to an in-service pipeline, hot tapping enables the addition of new branches, fittings, or equipment without the need for system shutdowns or interruptions in product flow. This allows for efficient installation of valves, sensors, or other devices, facilitating process control and enhancing operational flexibility. Hot tapping and line stops also minimizes the need for costly and time-consuming pipeline modifications, reducing overall project timelines and costs.
Hot tapping enables efficient tie-ins for pipeline repairs, eliminating the need for costly bypass systems. With its ability to mitigate downtime, increase efficiency, and enhance system integrity, hot tapping proves to be a valuable solution in the energy industry, empowering operators to maintain seamless operations, optimize productivity, and respond swiftly to changing operational requirements. Colt’s engineering and fabrication capabilities allow for the custom design and manufacturing of specialty hot tap and line stop fittings upon request.
By temporarily halting the flow of fluids, workers can perform maintenance, repair, and inspection tasks without the risk of exposure to hazardous substances or potentially dangerous operational conditions. Bypasses can be used to keep downstream equipment operational. Line stops are commonly used for maintenance projects such as isolating or replacing leaking valves, replacing a damaged or corroded line section, or removing dead legs. They are also used in capital projects such as facility expansions, new utility tie-ins, and debottlenecking. Colt’s line-stop capabilities include: