TÜV Rheinland Russia has entered into a 12-month framework agreement with one of the largest Russian oil & gas companies to provide inspection services for pipes being transported to sites throughout Russia. With services started on October 1st, 2015, the contract is valued at a maximum of 2.74 million Euro to be paid in monthly installments of 70,000 – 200,000 Euro dependent upon the total tonnage of pipes having been inspected.
Most of the pipes to be inspected for this project will come from several fabrication plants located in the western part of Russia. From these loading stations, the pipes will be delivered to offloading stations including a number of large facilities receiving constant supply and smaller stations requiring only occasional delivery.
The framework agreement contracts inspection services for the loading, transportation and offloading of various pipes, including those of big diameter. Although the TÜV Rheinland Russia area of responsibility does not include the quality control of the transport of the pipes, the client assigned the assessment of pipes during loading and offloading to the inspection team. Therefore, an undamaged delivery of the pipes can be ensured.
The TÜV Rheinland Russia inspection teams will be permanently on-site for loading at four fabrication plants as well as at five larger loading stations. Among the more than fifty offloading locations, larger facilities will host permanent inspection teams, some of which will provide service to smaller stations. Mobile teams are able to monitor smaller facilities with no assigned permanent team. Access software provides a special project base in which to store and monitor collected data. In addition, the inspectors will submit daily and weekly reports according to client specifications.
With levels of damage currently ranging from 1.6 - 10%, the client has set an impressive goal of maintaining a less than 2% acceptable level of damage. The responsibility of TÜV Rheinland Russia lies not at the production level and therefore not in the quality of the pipes, but rather in the proper and safe loading of the pipes into the train wagons after having verified that all loaded pipe is acceptable for transport.
TÜV Rheinland Russia will support the large Russian oil & gas company with:
• An experienced and highly-skilled team of experts.
• Reduced technical risks.
• On site inspection conducted during transportation, eliminating delays to project progress and completion.
• Consistent and thorough application of high standards during the inspection process.
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Founded 140 years ago, TÜV Rheinland is a global leader in independent inspection services, ensuring quality and safety for people, the environment, and technology in nearly all aspects of life.
We inspect technical equipment, products and services, oversee projects and help to shape processes for companies around the world. Since 2006, we have been a member of the United Nations Global Compact to promote sustainability and combat corruption.
As one of the leading providers for inspection services in the oil and gas industry, we can help you to reduce risk, prevent material defects and ensure maximum safety and optimal functions of your plants and pipelines. Throughout the entire project, we can support you with certification, inspection and consulting services and help you meet your obligations for all applicable standards and regulations.