Systemization team members are pressure-testing piping systems at the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant in preparation for operations.
“This testing is to verify piping design and certify that our piping systems meet code requirements,” said Garry Swan, general foreman, Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass (BPBG). “We are testing all process piping to ensure not only performance of the pipes, but also the safety of our personnel and equipment.”
The team is currently working on testing Agent Collection System piping. They previously completed testing the piping for the Utility Building’s boiler system, said Swan. Every piece of process pipe in the plant will be tested, either with pressure or leak-detection methods.
“We pressurize the pipes with air, nitrogen or helium, depending on the system, then spray what is called snoop solution on flanges,” said Mike Dyck, start-up specialist, BPBG. “If there is a leak, the solution will bubble and we will take remedial action, such as checking to see if the flange is torqued properly and contains the correct gasket. We then flush and clean the lines.”
Leaks are remedied as they are found, said Dyck. Once testing is complete, the plant’s piping systems will be put into service or properly stored until needed for plant systemization. All piping will be continuously monitored during operations to prevent leaks and other issues.