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If you have requirements for routine CP monitoring of existing structures such as a pipeline, jetty or tank farms.

If you have a new build pipeline and require a feasibility study for cathodic protection, or specific requirements such as interference (AC/DC), coating inspections, soil resistivity and current drain testing we can offer a service to support your requirements.

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Inspection Services

CPCL conduct routine monitoring inspections on various structures such as pipelines, chemical plants, jetties, refineries and power stations.

These inspections ensure compliance with applicable criteria to the structure and factors in both existing and historical information. The primary aim is to ensure that your CP system runs at an optimum level and structures are not subjected to degradation and corrosion as far as practicable.

A current drain test estimates the current required to protect structure effectively. This data assists in calculating current density and along with other key information such as soil resistivity and surface area measurements will help ascertain the best design methods to protect the structure from corrosion.

A current drain test in most circumstances is done by impressing a direct current to the pipeline and measuring the results.

Soil resistivity measurements are normally utilised for two specific purposes:

  • To indicate the general corrosivity of the soils in the proximity of the structure
  • For CP design purposes, such as anode groundbed, earthing and attenuation calculations

The typical unit of measurement is the ohm metre (ohm.m). The Barnes Layer procedure estimates effective resistivity of layers of soil using results obtained by either of the above methods.

The Wenner 4-pin method requires four metal electrodes to be placed in equal separation in a straight line in the soil to a depth not exceeding 5% of the separation distance. A voltage is impressed between the outer electrodes causing current to flow and the voltage drop between the inner electrodes is measured using a sensitive voltmeter.

Significant AC potentials can be encountered on structures. These AC potentials can occur on a structure as a result of induction, ground return currents, or faulted power circuits. Typically, in areas where a structure runs in parallel to high voltage AC (HVAC) power systems.

CPCL can assist in identifying locations at risk and provided mitigation methods to reduce the hazard and risk on both new and existing structures.

DC interference can cause corrosion issues and can originate from various sources, common issues include DC traction systems, adjacent CP Systems and solar farms.

Interference can cause damage to buried structures, CPCL can assist in identifying at risk locations and provided mitigation methods to reduce the hazard/risk on both new and existing structures.

Coating inspections are responsible for performing and documenting tests on a variety of coatings so that the client can be informed on the condition of their asset and provide some assurances and recommendations if applicable (Such as follow up repair work). Inspections and tests are inline with recommended practice and international standards.

Cathodic Protection feasibility studies involve carrying out a detailed study of the structure and surrounding areas to ensure that a CP system can be upgraded or installed. A feasibility study will include soil resistivity readings, current drain tests, carry out checks on any existing systems (if applicable) and to check locations for areas where items can be installed.

With this information, it will be possible to calculate the size and type of system that is required in order to protect the structure. This will be presented to the client in the form of a design document and bill of materials.

River surveys are carried out on sections where the pipeline route crosses a waterway, these are sections that cannot be completed during a typical Close Interval Potential Survey (CIPS) due to safety and accessibility issues. The methodology for assessing the levels of cathodic protection on a waterway crossing is similar to other techniques

Partnering with contractors with the appropriate skills and expertise, CPCL can provide a solution to inspect pipelines where they cross rivers and estuaries to provide the following detail:

  • The depth and profile of the pipeline within the limits of the crossing.
  • The profile of the bed and banks.
  • The condition of the pipelines, where exposed, within the crossings.
  • The construction and conditions of the bed and banks.
  • That the pipeline has adequate cathodic protection.
Routine CP Monitoring

CPCL conduct routine monitoring inspections on various structures such as pipelines, chemical plants, jetties, refineries and power stations.

These inspections ensure compliance with applicable criteria to the structure and factors in both existing and historical information. The primary aim is to ensure that your CP system runs at an optimum level and structures are not subjected to degradation and corrosion as far as practicable.

Current Drain Testing

A current drain test estimates the current required to protect structure effectively. This data assists in calculating current density and along with other key information such as soil resistivity and surface area measurements will help ascertain the best design methods to protect the structure from corrosion.

A current drain test in most circumstances is done by impressing a direct current to the pipeline and measuring the results.

Soil Resistivity

Soil resistivity measurements are normally utilised for two specific purposes:

  • To indicate the general corrosivity of the soils in the proximity of the structure
  • For CP design purposes, such as anode groundbed, earthing and attenuation calculations

The typical unit of measurement is the ohm metre (ohm.m). The Barnes Layer procedure estimates effective resistivity of layers of soil using results obtained by either of the above methods.

The Wenner 4-pin method requires four metal electrodes to be placed in equal separation in a straight line in the soil to a depth not exceeding 5% of the separation distance. A voltage is impressed between the outer electrodes causing current to flow and the voltage drop between the inner electrodes is measured using a sensitive voltmeter.

Interference Testing (AC/DC)

Significant AC potentials can be encountered on structures. These AC potentials can occur on a structure as a result of induction, ground return currents, or faulted power circuits. Typically, in areas where a structure runs in parallel to high voltage AC (HVAC) power systems.

CPCL can assist in identifying locations at risk and provided mitigation methods to reduce the hazard and risk on both new and existing structures.

DC interference can cause corrosion issues and can originate from various sources, common issues include DC traction systems, adjacent CP Systems and solar farms.

Interference can cause damage to buried structures, CPCL can assist in identifying at risk locations and provided mitigation methods to reduce the hazard/risk on both new and existing structures.

Coating Inspections

Coating inspections are responsible for performing and documenting tests on a variety of coatings so that the client can be informed on the condition of their asset and provide some assurances and recommendations if applicable (Such as follow up repair work). Inspections and tests are inline with recommended practice and international standards.

Feasibility Studies

Cathodic Protection feasibility studies involve carrying out a detailed study of the structure and surrounding areas to ensure that a CP system can be upgraded or installed. A feasibility study will include soil resistivity readings, current drain tests, carry out checks on any existing systems (if applicable) and to check locations for areas where items can be installed.

With this information, it will be possible to calculate the size and type of system that is required in order to protect the structure. This will be presented to the client in the form of a design document and bill of materials.

River Surveys

River surveys are carried out on sections where the pipeline route crosses a waterway, these are sections that cannot be completed during a typical Close Interval Potential Survey (CIPS) due to safety and accessibility issues. The methodology for assessing the levels of cathodic protection on a waterway crossing is similar to other techniques

Partnering with contractors with the appropriate skills and expertise, CPCL can provide a solution to inspect pipelines where they cross rivers and estuaries to provide the following detail:

  • The depth and profile of the pipeline within the limits of the crossing.
  • The profile of the bed and banks.
  • The condition of the pipelines, where exposed, within the crossings.
  • The construction and conditions of the bed and banks.
  • That the pipeline has adequate cathodic protection.

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Tel: +44 (0)1476 590666 Email: cpc@cathodic.co.uk
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At Cathodic Protection Co. Ltd. our team are here to help you. From enquiry through to handover, we work with you every step of the way.Explore our team members in the cathodic protection monitoring team and find out why their experience in the industry can help you with your project needs.
Motaz Abbas CP Engineer

Motaz has a BSc in Chemical Engineering and is qualified to NACE CP Level 2 and is based in Jordan. Motaz is multi-lingual and is ideally placed to support CPCL’s middle east operations. Bringing a high standard of technical and practical knowledge to all our projects, he has worked on major projects in Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt Libya and Algeria.

Jonathan Moss Senior CP Technician

Jonathan is certified ICorr CP Level 3, he also has a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Electrical & Electronic Engineering. Jonathan has been with CPCL for over 12 years and has had a wide range of experience, working on some of CPCL’s biggest contracts. These include the Thames Barrier, Immingham Oil Terminal and for Interserve Defence in the Falkland Islands.

Chris Pimm Project Engineer

Chris is a certified ICorr CP Level 3. With over 11 years’ site experience, he specialises in the completion and supervision of CIPS and DCVG surveys. Chris deals directly with major operators such as GNI, Southern Gas Networks, Scotia Gas Networks, National Grid and Wales & West Utilities, and has international experience in Madagascar and the Falkland Islands.

Roberto Galindo Senior CP Technician

Based in Latin America, Roberto has an MSc in civil engineering and is ICorr Level 2 qualified. Multi-lingual, he has over 18 years’ experience in all aspects of CP system monitoring, maintenance installation and surveying. Roberto has worked on a wide range of structures and major projects with experience in Europe, Middle East, Asia, North Africa, South America and Turkey. In 2009 he was appointed CPCL’s Libya Branch Technical Manager, where his responsibilities included day to day liaison with clients, completion of tenders and quotations as well site activities.

Tom Pain Field Services Manager

Tom has been with CPCL for 8 years since leaving Manchester Metropolitan University and is certified as an ICorr CP Level 2 Technician, a Prince2 Practitioner and has completed the IOSH Managing Safely course. Tom runs the field engineering division and is responsible for managing a team of engineers and technicians that complete surveying and installation work. He is also responsible for all commercial aspects of projects, including tendering, which are predominantly site-based, such as CP system monitoring, maintenance and repair.