Kleinfelder provided services for the process and mechanical/piping engineering and design of a temporary piping and tankage system to safely withdraw crude oil from an operating piping for the purpose of simulating a pipeline leak.
The Client requested an engineering review of their procedure and fluid withdrawal setup to ensure it conformed to industry codes, state regulations, and company standards. Engineering and analysis was performed using existing take-off points to prove the new design’s suitability and was incorporated to keep the project on schedule. Kleinfelder was requested to provide site support during project set up to ensure compliance and safety during installation of the tanks, containment, pumps, skids, and piping.
Kleinfelder conducted a thorough review of the client’s standards to ensure compliance with required standards as well as to ensure all deviations were documented and accepted. A new fluid withdrawal procedure was developed specifically for this test. An engineering review and HAZOP were conducted along with static and dynamic stress analyses on the temporary piping system. An experienced stress engineer oversaw test set up to evaluate any field changes to the design and to validate the installation.
The Fluid Withdrawal Test was successfully conducted with no safety incidents. The client provided feedback that they felt safe and confident being on site during the testing knowing that Kleinfelder had been involved. Sub-contractor feedback was also positive in regards to having Kleinfelder staff on site during the test set-up.Project Overview