PIPEVAC® - The Ultimate in Pipeline Protection

The Innovative Pipe Protection System Developed By Abfad Limited



An Innovative New Method To Protect And Monitor Pipelines

Unprotected pipelines are incredibly susceptible to corrosion, these could be buried in the ground, submerged underwater or exposed to the environment, all are vulnerable. Corrosion in pipelines is incredibly perilous, as it can damage the structural integrity of the pipeline, making it dangerous for transporting potentially hazardous goods, such as oil and gas.

A new method of pipeline corrosion protection, which provides the answer to both elimination and monitoring of corrosion, has recently been developed Abfad Limited. PIPEVAC® is an innovative pipe protection system which has been developed to eliminate external corrosion by creating a vacuum around a pipe. With the creation of an external vacuum it is now possible to monitor the pipeline in sections, which enables our clients an opportunity to investigate any alarm and take action to protect their assets and the environment from pollution. An internal or external breach of the pipe will activate an alarm as vacuum pressure will not be able to be maintained.

PIPEVAC® also prevents against CUI (Corrosion Under Insulation) as the integrated vacuum system prevents moisture and oxygen from attacking the external surface area of the pipe, thereby preventing any of the conditions for corrosion to occur.

PIPEVAC® has been developed from over 10 years experience with corrosion prevention and vacuum systems.

How Does the PIPEVAC® System Work?

PIPEVAC® has been designed from an earlier successful system called Fuelvac®, used for the protection and monitoring of storage tanks, and incorporated this with standard pipe protection wrapping Tapes.

The first process on an existing pipeline is to inspect the pipe, remove any corrosion and protect the steel with standard pipeline paint. Once pipe is refurbished and clean, the double skin system can be applied to create a space around the pipe where a vacuum can be created, this is then covered by an aluminium foil. Standard pipeline wrapping tape is then installed, the exact tape can vary due to location taking into consideration temperature, weather and environmental conditions.

Once the tapes are installed the vacuum connections are fitted to the pipe and a vacuum pulled for that particular section of pipeline, distance for pipe monitoring can vary due to what system is installed and if electrical power can be generated along the pipeline. Various vacuum systems can be installed, incorporating solar and battery power if required.

The leak detection feature of PIPEVAC® can be a useful tool in aiding maintenance and inspection programs, if a problem occurs along the pipeline and the incorporated vacuum is breached, the monitoring system alarms, notifying the client there is a problem and which section of pipeline the problem occurs in.

Vacuum monitoring gives immediate feedback to the user of internal corrosion to the pipeline, which allows for quick and easy locating for repair of the corrosion before it has the opportunity to spread. Software package options are available to have the monitoring system accessed remotely from any location World Wide if required.

PIPEVAC® Has Great Versatility  

PIPEVAC® can be installed onto in-service pipelines in areas of hydrocarbon risk without heat or naked flame, this is due to the unique nature of material used in the application process. Adding to the versatility of the system is the fact that it can be installed on both above and below ground pipelines, either in the factory on new pipe work, or in the field onto pipelines that are currently in-service, making PIPEVAC® ideal for rehabilitation work on existing pipelines.

PIPEVAC® is a robust vacuum leak detection system for excellent protection of pipelines under most service conditions. The PIPEVAC® system is a new approach to pipeline protection, utilising vacuum technology to prevent external corrosion from impacting on the pipe, avoiding any damage to pipeline integrity from corrosion, whilst at the same time allowing for complete monitoring of the pipeline.

Whatever your pipe protection needs, you can be sure that Abfad’s PIPEVAC® system offers the COMPLETE solution and is the ULTIMATE in pipeline protection and monitoring.

Frequently Asked Questions


How will PIPEVAC® prevent corrosion?

PIPEVAC® is a robust vacuum leak detection monitoring system, for excellent protection of pipelines under most service conditions. It prevents external corrosion from taking place due to the unique nature of the vacuum system, this also allows for complete monitoring of the pipeline.

Will PIPEVAC® comply with commonly used, International pipeline standards?

By utilising a primary epoxy layer, PIPEVAC® will comply in a similar fashion to other multi-layer coating systems.

Will PIPEVAC® work alongside existing Cathodic Protection systems?

PIPEVAC® will work alongside existing Cathodic Protection. As an added feature, the Anode connections can be incorporated into the vacuum/spreader plates of the PIPEVAC® design to minimise the number of take off points.

Does PIPEVAC® need to be installed in a factory environment, or can it be field applied?

PIPEVAC® can be applied in either a factory environment, or in the field, for complete flexibility. This also makes PIPEVAC® ideal for rehabilitation work on existing, and in service pipelines.

How are the field joint areas made good after welding of the pipeline?

Field joints are made good utilising PIPEVAC® materials in exactly the same configuration as the Mainline Coating (MLC). This allows continuity of the vacuum, essential for leak detection monitoring.

Does PIPEVAC® require heat, or naked flame to be installed in the field?

PIPEVAC® can be installed onto in service pipelines, or in areas of hydrocarbon risk without heat or naked flames.

Give Us A Call

Whatever your pipe protection needs you can be sure Abfad’s PIPEVAC® offers the complete solution.

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