Why are leaks a problem?
Leaks from bolted flange joints are an unnecessary cost to your facility, and pose significant operational, environmental, and safety risks. For projects in construction or turnaround leaks can severely disrupt schedules, causing delays, cost overruns, and uncertainty when production finally begins. Once in production, leaks will always impact profitability, disrupt production at best, through to a full shutdown, mobilization of emergency services and evacuation at worst.
We have learned from commissioning companies that up to 20% of integrity test budgets can be consumed by re-working bolted flange joints that leaked during a system test.
How much do leaks cost? It can vary considerably according to circumstances and the local environment.
Here are a few examples:-