Why is a pipeline inspection necessary?

Pipeline inspections are necessary in order to detect faults and asset damage. Essentially, NDT pipeline inspection acts as quality assurance, ensuring the proper function and reliability of the pipeline. Regular NDT inspections also ensure that the pipeline meets its expected lifetime. The timely detection of damage can prevent failures and the need for expensive and premature replacements, repairs, and unplanned shutdowns. Testing allows engineers to determine the current lifecycle stage of an asset and to proactively plan maintenance, repairs, or replacements. This saves time and money in the long run, as pipeline failures can have catastrophic consequences for the health and safety of the public and the environment.