Regular inspection of a steam leak on elevated flare stack

Case Study

Regular inspection of a steam leak on elevated flare stack

Cyberhawk was tasked by a major petrochemical operator to complete regular close visual inspections of a damaged elevated flare stack at its site in the UK. The main task was to regularly inspect a critical perforation of a steam riser on the flare and to monitor the potential dropped object risk.

The perforation’s size had increased over the first few inspections with a riser split causing the steel pipe to hang from the side of the flare.

Cyberhawk has been asked to closely monitor the damage and report back any further degradation of the brackets that hold the steam riser in place, with the intent to defer costly maintenance until a planned shutdown.

An experienced team of two from Cyberhawk, including a flare inspection engineer and qualified inspection pilot, is mobilised each month to undertake the work.

The area around the flare is a no go area, so use of scaffolding or rope access is not possible and would require shutdown.

Thanks to a CVI (Close Visual Inspection) with a drone, Cyberhawk can provide a full inspection report to advise on the condition of the structure and assist in predicting the damage development.

By providing quicker inspection times, reduced cost of inspection and avoidance of unplanned shutdowns, Cyberhawk’s UAV solution has once again proven its worth in the petrochemical sector.

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