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Smartpipe Technologies® awarded 2023 best pipeline integrity technology

The 2023 Gulf Energy Information Excellence Awards recognized Smartpipe Technologies® (USA) as “Best Pipeline Integrity Technology” for Enbridge’s replacement of their pipeline in Roanoke County, Virginia.

Smartpipe’s® trenchless high-pressure reinforced thermoplastic pipeline was produced on-site and pulled into the existing host pipe with minimal disturbance to the current land use as an operating farm and adjacent residential community, eliminating the need for entire right-of-way excavation. The embedded fibre optic sensing technology allows for continuous monitoring, real-time information sharing and enhanced leak and third-party intrusion detection. This was also the first deployment of Smartpipe’s newly patented in-line inspection technology, allowing for periodic inspection of the composite pipeline by Smartpipe’s SQUIID, a smart-pig for non-metallic pipe. Other critical features of this technology are the efficiency of production and replacement, and a 70 percent lower carbon footprint than traditional steel pipeline replacement.