New Internal Pipeline Cutter for pipeline abandonments

Corporate Responsibility

New Internal Pipeline Cutter for pipeline abandonments

Technology plays an important part of ensuring safe, effective and efficient operations at Canadian Natural, which facilitated the creation of a Three Wheel Internal Pipeline Cutter (IPC) tool. The IPC tool is used to cut pipeline risers on inactive well sites and pipeline right-of-ways without ground disturbance during pipeline abandonment activities.

The novelty of the new design is in the ability to lower the IPC tool inside the pipe to cut inaccessible pipes with three wheels from the inside out. Use of the IPC can be 20% of the cost for riser sites in shallow gas locations in Southern Alberta and Saskatchewan. Savings could be larger in remote areas, providing a portable solution that eliminates the need to mobilize heavy equipment for abandonment activities.

Representation of the IPC tool being trialed in the field.