Hot Tap Rail Tankers (January 2016)

Hot tap rail tankers
  • Location: Julia Creek, QLD
  • Principal Contractor: Incitec Pivot
PROJEM’S SCOPE ‐ Supply Equipment and Labor to complete 4” Hot Tap on 18 Railway Tankers
  • Modify new valves to allow for acid service.
  • Design & Manufacture a Hot Tap machine to suit the capability of drilling into Vessels while under Nitrogen purge including installing a ball valve to assist with purge for welding.
  • Develop JHA’s & Risk assessments to mitigate the risks associated with drilling into the pressurized vessel that may contain traces of Hydrogen vapor.
  • Mobilize to site & performed trial run for all interested parties and confirm risk assessments.
  • Drill & tap to suit ¼” BSP hole with small hot tap machine under Nitrogen purge, continue gas monitoring until satisfactory LEL (Lower Explosive Limit) is achieved.
  • Prep area to weld 4” stab onto vessel while continuing purging.
  • Set up & cut 4” Hot Tap hole with T101 Hot Tap Machine whilst still purging.
  • Remove machine and hand to customer for decanting.


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