Reducing Costs And Avoiding Shutdowns During Pipeline Maintenance

Sponsored by: STATS Group

Focused on:

  • Pipeline
  • Oil
  • Tap
  • Bisep
  • Piping

Date: 6 April


Time: 3PM London/10AM New York

Advancements in hot tapping and plugging technology to increase safety and operator efficiencies

Adapting to a sustained low oil price presents pipeline and piping system operators an ongoing challenge of functioning smarter and more efficiently. Operators now balance the need to maintain pipeline integrity while ensuring emergency and scheduled repairs are conducted safely and efficiently. Meanwhile, the safety of personnel, asset and the environment remains of paramount importance during all maintenance activities.

Hot tapping and plugging provides temporary isolation of pressurised pipelines and is routinely used to isolate and bypass sections of pipe to facilitate repair, modification or tie-in activities. STATS BISEPâ„¢ technology provides fail-safe double block and bleed isolation deployed through a single hot tap fitting, offering significant safety advantages over traditional line stop technology.

In response to increasing demand from clients, STATS have now incorporated a bypass facility through the BISEPâ„¢ housing providing isolation and bypass through one hot tap fitting. Significant cost savings can be achieved by reducing the number of hot taps, fittings and associated services by half. This development also increases safety and reduces the number of potential leak paths and fittings remaining on the pipeline after maintenance. STATS supplied hot tap machines have been designed and built to incorporate industry best practices, including double block and bleed sealing and a positive retention pilot drill for robust securing and recovery of the cut pipe coupon.

The webinar will conclude with a recent case study where BISEPsâ„¢ were deployed to isolate a section of pipeline while production continued through a bypass incorporated through the BISEPâ„¢ housing. This successful project prevented shutting down production while ensuring safety of personnel and the environment was maintained, providing the client with significant efficiencies and cost savings.

Presented by

Martin Wilson,

Director of Intervention Services

Martin Wilson joined STATS Group in 2013 and has enjoyed a 26-year career in the oil and gas industry, specialising in pipeline intervention, pipeline integrity, hot tapping and line stopping.

Throughout his career he has fulfilled roles across engineering, operations and business development functions and is experienced in high-level quality assurance, project execution, competency and development, and has implemented the global standardisation of operational procedures and practices to meet industry and legislative standards. In an earlier role, Martin was Global Technical Support Director and supported the expansion of an international company's $70 million pipeline intervention service line.

At STATS Group Martin plays a leading role in the development of industry-leading innovative intervention technologies, including research and development of our hot tapping and BISEPâ„¢ product lines.

Mark Burton,

Technical Director of Intervention Services

Dr. Mark Burton is the Technical Director for Intervention Services at STATS Group. Mark has been responsible for the design and engineering behind the new range of intervention tools that STATS has been developing and building over the last few years - including drilling machines, BISEPâ„¢ isolation tools, tapping valves and other related equipment.

Mark joined STATS in 2013, prior to that he has held various engineering management roles with a background in the hot tapping and pipeline isolation industry stretching back more than twenty years.

Key Learning Objectives

  • How to significantly reduce maintenance costs during hot tapping and plugging activities while maintaining safety
  • Overview of BISEPâ„¢ developments which incorporate pipeline isolation and bypass through a single hot tap fitting
  • Developments to hot tap machine design to incorporate industry best practises
  • Case study highlighting the re-routing of a pipeline while production continued uninterrupted, resulting in lower equipment costs and less risk for the operator


  • Pipeline Technical Authority
  • Pipeline Asset Manager
  • Pipeline Maintenance
  • Pipeline Engineer
  • Pipeline Team Lead
  • Emergency Pipeline Repair Manager
  • Asset Integrity Manager
  • Operations & Maintenance Manager
  • Technical Manager
  • Head of Maintenance
  • Flowlines / Risers Team Lead
  • Integrity Engineer
  • Subsea Pipelines
  • Subsea Engineer