Developing new pipeline innovations can involve anything from developing new materials that are more resistant to corrosion or creating new methods for joining pipeline sections together. Gas and oil pipelines, in particular, are often subject to a great deal of wear and tear, so it is vital to develop products that can withstand this type of stress. In addition, product development for water, gas, and oil pipelines must consider the unique needs of every kind of pipeline. For example, water pipelines are typically buried underground, so any new products must be able to withstand being buried for long periods. On the other hand, gas and oil pipelines are often exposed to the elements above ground. Therefore, products designed for these pipelines must withstand extreme temperatures and other harsh conditions.
Utilities around the world are under pressure to protect the environment, while also reducing costs. A new invention, Clean Pig, promises to help them do both.
No, Clean Pig is a pipeline robot designed to clean and test the pipes without any chemicals.