Contractor Inserts Smart Pigs on Local Pipeline

New Mexico Gas contractor Eddie Saez, center standing, and his crew work on the pipeline near the anniverary water tank Friday morning. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

New Mexico Gas contractors are in the process of inserting a Smart Pig on the pipeline in Los Alamos County that runs from Quemazon down to the anniversary water tank at the entrance of town.

Contractor Eddie Saez said work on the pipeline is running two days ahead of schedule and should be completed by mid August.

Federal law requires the oil and gas industry to run a Smart PIG or Pipeline Inspection Gauge through big oil and gas pipelines every three years.

The Smart PIG will be sent down the pipeline and propelled by the pressure of the product in the pipeline itself to record information about the internal conditions of the pipeline including:

  • Physical separation between the different liquids being transported;
  • Internal cleaning;
  • Inspection of the condition of pipe walls; and
  • Capturing and recording geometric information.

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

 

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