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Reliability: Strainers and thoughtful testing: Piping initiatives worth considering

In two separate cases, foresight in the use of strainers on piping and following proper procedures for hydrostatic testing are recommended to preserve the integrity of offshore platforms.

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In two separate cases, foresight in the use of strainers on piping and following proper procedures for hydrostatic testing are recommended to preserve the integrity of offshore platforms. Case 1: Gas pipeline compressor maintenance facilitation An interesting strainer adaptation saved maintenance time on an offshore platform. The platform incorporated modules of the mezzanine type; its gas compressors were mounted on the upper deck, and process piping was vertically routed to the machines from the lower deck. The owner’s reliability professionals completely avoided the customary practice of installing straight spool pieces for the compressor suction screens. A “T” piping configuration was

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