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Pipeline Services

Airpac Bukom Oilfield Services supply and operate equipment spreads for use on a range of applications in pipeline projects.

Pipeline Dewatering

In the commissioning phases of pipelines, operators require high pressure equipment to dewater and dry new pipelines from the offshore installation to shore or within the field, prior to the introduction of product.

Equipment spreads can comprise of Booster Compressors fed by high pressure primary Air Compressors. Desiccant Dryers (with dewpoint capabilities of -40° C) are often used if dry air is required, or in conjunction with nitrogen membranes if the pipeline should need to be dried or pressure tested with inert gas. 

Airpac Bukom has provided equipment spreads and operator personnel for a range of pipeline dewatering and drying projects in many countries. These include Africa (Bonga), Middle East (Burullus), South East Asia (West Seno), Australia (Bayu Undan, Blacktip, Pluto, Gorgon, Wheatstone and Inpex) and the North Sea (Clair, Britannia Satellites), to name just a few.


Airpac Bukom also offers the largest fleet of Rigsafe and Zone II Steam Generators including a fleet of low weight, small footprint 1.4 MMbtu steam generators, ideally suited for pipeline descaling applications and cleaning applications. 

Steam Generators supply high volumes of continuous steam which can be used to heat the chemicals used to descale the deluge and fire water systems on offshore installations or the pipework in oil refineries, power and petrochemical plants. This process can also be used in the liquefaction of the solidified residual heavy fuel oils found in many oil stargaze tanks being prepared for cleaning, repair or decommissioning.

Airpac Bukom's 1.4 MMbtu Generators are ideal for projects where there are weight restrictions and space is at a premium. The units include internal fuel and water tanks and have methane/propane as well as H₂S gas detection systems fitted as standard. 


Airpac Bukom Booster Compressors and trained Operators are hired by specialist contractors for transferring product from one pipeline to another to allow for repairs and maintenance.

Booster Compressors are also used to facilitate the transfer of residual product, generally gas, from one pipeline system to another to enable maintenance to be carried out on the empty pipeline.

Modifications have been carried out to Airpac Bukom Booster Compressors to satisfy gas site safety requirements. These modifications include the installation of a gas detection system, conversion to air start as well as anti-static blades and belts amongst other modifications.