Successful Conference and Exhibition

(March 6th 2008)

PE played a prominent role at the Pipeline Pigging and Integrity Management Conference held in Houston from 12-14th February.

Now in its 20th year, this event has grown into the pipeline industrys premier forum devoted exclusively to pigging for pipeline maintenance and inspection, as well as integrity evaluation and repair.


PE had a double booth in the exhibition and used this event primarily to highlight two areas of our business.

- AMPL, our recently developed Automatic Multiple Pig Launching System.

- The comprehensive range of pigging and flow assurance services we offer.

A major part of our stand was dedicated to the AMPL multiple pig launching system and throughout the exhibition an animation demonstrating the AMPL system was being shown.

The AMPL system proved a major attraction.

In brief, AMPL is an automatic multiple pig launching system that minimises the number of times a trap door has to be opened to access pipelines for pigging. This makes it particularly beneficial for unmanned platforms, isolated launch sites, subsea pigging or high frequency pigging. It also greatly reduces the potential for accidents to personnel operating the trap.

Normally existing launchers do not require modifications to use the AMPL system, also no external power supply is required to launch the pigs. The launch process is activated by the operator either locally or remotely to launch a series of pigs. The launcher is only accessed again when it is empty to load a new series of pigs.

AMPL uses proven engineering components and incorporates fail safe mechanisms. It substantially reduces the cost of launching pigs, provides health, safety and environmental benefits and allows resources to be utilised for other operational requirements.

Contact us if you would like to find out more about the AMPL system.

The other major area of the stand highlighted the range of services we offer. PE has provided pigging products to oil, gas and process industries for many years and we are well known in our industry regarding this. However, as we have continued to grow we have looked to offer a more comprehensive service to customers. On the stand we highlighted the different services available including:

  • Production Cleaning Services
  • Pipeline Cleaning, Management and Consultancy
  • Hydrotesting Services
  • Flange and Joint Testing
  • Pipeline Modifications
  • Pipeline Isolation
  • Design, Development, Testing and Production of Special Pigs
  • Validation of Pigging Campaigns
  • Caliper Surveys
  • Specialist Industry Training

This ability to provide a range of services alongside pipeline pigging products proved of great interest.

While the AMPL system and our Services were the major areas presented on the stand, we still received a lot of interest for other products. Most notable was the interest in our Rapid Opening Closure (ROC). Throughout the exhibition demonstrations were run to highlight the speed and effectiveness of this product for accessing pipelines.

To find out about any of our products or services, please use the contact form on this web site or contact us direct.


Running alongside the exhibition and of equal importance was the Conference. This year a record 20 papers from industry experts were presented over the two days.

Again, PE were actively involved, and Peter Fretwell, Pigging Specialist at PE presented a Technical Paper titled:

Pig Trap Design - Recent Innovations and the Importance of Planned Maintenance & Inspection Procedures

The paper highlighted considerations made during the design phase of a pig trap. It also outlined the component parts of a pig trap and how these differ for the different trap types. It looked at innovations in pig trap design, including the recent development of the AMPL system from PE. Finally the paper considered the value of identifying any issues regarding a trap and maintenance of equipment.

This paper was very well received by the delegates and many subsequently came to see us in the exhibition hall to discuss traps in more detail.

If you would like to discuss or receive a copy of the paper, please use a contact form to make your request.