Stringent regulations regarding pipeline integrity management in areas of hazardous liquid & gas pipeline operators is expected to drive the global intelligent pipeline pigging market

by Sameer Joshi or 22-May-2017

The “Intelligent Pipeline Pigging to 2025 by Technology (Ultrasonic Pigging, Magnetic flux Pigging), Application (Metal Loss/ Corrosion, Geometry & Bend Detection, Crack & Leak Detection and others), End-user (Chemical, Oil, Gas and Others) – Global Analysis and Forecast” The scope of study involves understanding on the factors responsible for the growth of Intelligent Pipeline Pigging market along with the estimates and forecasts of the revenue and market share analysis and also spots the significant Intelligent Pipeline Pigging players in the market and their key developments.

Intelligent Pipeline Pigging Market to 2025 – Global Analysis and Forecast by Type, Application, End-user, and Region Intelligent Pipeline Pigging market is expected to grow US$781.3 Mn by 2025 from US$ 472.3 Mn in 2016. Intelligent Pipeline Pigging is used to perform in-line inspection of active pipelines for signs of metal loss, internal or external corrosion, or dents and gauges from physical damage. A pig is inserted into a pipeline to perform certain tasks, and flows freely through length of the pipe being driven by the product flow inside it. A number of tasks are carried out by different types of pigs. Utility pigs are used in cleaning, watering, batching, and dewatering purposes in the pipeline; while inline inspection pigs are used for gathering data pertaining to the anomalies present in the pipeline. There are special duty pigs called as plugs that are used for isolating pipelines and repair the defected parts without affecting the flow of operations. A device inserted into the pipelines, travelling freely across the entire length of pipe using flow of a fluid, doing a specific task of gathering data regarding defects in the pipeline, with exact location and extent, is called as a smart or intelligent pig. Several equipment are used to perform intelligent pigging having relative advantage and disadvantage. There are primarily two technologies available namely Magnetic Flux and Ultrasonic pigging.

Metal loss due to corrosion in the pipelines carrying liquids and gases is a very common phenomenon observed. Proper inspection of the pipes in order to repair the damage for accident prevention is a necessary mandate in the recent times. Pigging is such an activity that provides information on metal losses and cracks developed inside the pipelines to the operator. MFL tools locate and measure metal loss due to corrosion by the application of magnetic field inside the pipeline n then measuring the flux. Here, the tool induces magnetic field in the pipe with the help of powerful magnets in order to magnetize the pipe to saturation. Ultrasonic pigging is a technology used for in inline inspection of the pipelines and perform tasks such as reporting the linear position of anomalies, external and internal metal loss anomalies, dents and their size, length and depth and wall thickness changes. Ultrasonic Intelligent pigs or UT are preferred in inspection of pipelines that are used to transmit liquids as they require liquid couplant. This technology is useful as the pigs used are smaller in size, cheaper in costs, lighter in weight, and thus have easy mobilization.   
The global Intelligent Pipeline Pigging market by geography is segmented into five regions namely North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East & Africa and South America. North America is accounted to hold the largest share in the global Intelligent Pipeline Pigging market in 2016, followed by Europe. Germany and UK being two key countries in Europe region will lead Intelligent Pipeline Pigging market and will maintain their dominance throughout the forecast period. The report profiles key players such as 3P Services GmbH & Co KG, A.Hak Industrial Services B.V., Aubin Group, Baker Hughes Incorporated, Enduro Pipeline Services, Inc., Jamison Products LP, NDT Global GmbH & Co. KG, Pigs Unlimited International Inc, Pigtek Ltd, PII Pipeline Solutions, Quest Integrity Group, LLC, ROSEN Group, and T.D. Williamson, Inc.

The report segments the global intelligent pipeline pigging market as follows:

Global Intelligent Pipeline Pigging Market – By Application

Metal Loss/ Corrosion
Geometry & Bend Detection
Crack & Leak Detection
Others (Photographic/ video, Profile/ Mapping, Spanning/ Line Cover)

Global Intelligent Pipeline Pigging Market – By Technology

Ultrasonic Pigging (UT)
Magnetic Flux Leakage Pigging (MFL)

Global Intelligent Pipeline Pigging Market – By End-user


Global Intelligent Pipeline Pigging Market – By Geography

North America
Rest of Europe
Asia Pacific (APAC)
Rest of APAC
Middle East & Africa (MEA)
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of MEA
South America (SAM)
Rest of SAM