Natural gas and oil are some of the most commonly used commodities in the world, with 96% of the products Americans use on a daily basis containing something created with natural gas. Because of the important nature of these resources, there has been several measures taken to ensure that they are extracted safely, and efficiently.
Some of these measures are things like well inspections, either an oil well inspection or a gas well inspection. These can be done with well inspection cameras that allow one to see inside of the piping, to inspect their integrity.
These cameras are generally high pressure cameras or high temperature cameras, sometimes a combination of both depending on the wells resources. The inside of a well can sometimes have pressures equal to, or exceeding, 15,000 PSI. Having technology to resist these pressures is key.
Gas well cameras are used in gas well inspections, which have certain aspects that are judged and evaluated. These aspects can be applied to oil and water wells, too.
Here are some of the aspects of a well inspection that are considered universal:
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This generally depends on if a company is hiring another organization to do the well inspection for them. A certain list of requirements is expected in these cases, and they must operate under the following parameters:
- Knowledge of local, regional, state, and federal laws concerning well inspection, pump installation, and a number of other practices.
- Aware of all safety protocols in any given situation related to the job, or it’s working conditions.
- A technical knowledge of, or experience with, any pumps or connected components related to the well.
- Some understanding of both natural and mechanical threats to water supplies nearby.
These are just some of the things that an individual needs to know prior to the well inspection starting, whether that be a gas well inspection, or a water well inspection. When the inspection actually begins, a number of other requirements come into account.
A qualified inspector hired to operate a high pressure camera and perform a well inspection must complete the following:
- Determine the parameters of a well’s usage, whether it be for human, such as water, or technical purposes, such as oil or gas.
- Visually inspect the wellhead.
- Inspect, both physically and visually, the well system itself and its working components. These include, but are not limited to, water heaters, storage tanks, and filtration equipment.
- Record information regarding the systems inspected, as well as suggest for maintenance and a drafted schedule for future inspections.
These are just some of the parts of a well inspection, no matter that is a gas well or a water well. If you have any questions about well inspections, please contact us. We’ll be happy to help.