IPLOCA New Technologies Award

Selmers has won, together with Denys, the 2015 IPLOCA New Technologies Award sponsored by BP. The award was presented during the IPLOCA annual Convention held in Singapore, from 5 to 9 October 2015, by Michael Hiam, Engineering Manager, BP Integrated, Supply and Trading. The Award is given in recognition of a significant achievement in the development of new pipeline technologies.

The IPLOCA New Technologies Committee, with Jean Claude van de Wiele as the chairman, decided to present the Award to Denys and Selmers, represented Johan van Wassenhove (Denys), Bart Appelman (Selmers) and Luc Hoppenbrouwers (Denys), in recognition of their work on their onshore automatic vacuum field joint blasting.

The Adjudication Committee selected this entry because:

  • The new tool improves HSE conditions for workers in the field
  • It is a development coming from a contractor and a manufacturer working together
  • It is an example of technology transfer from the offshore to the onshore industry

Denys is specialized in the onshore construction of oil & gas pipelines and has used this field joint blaster in day to day work. Together with Denys, Selmers was able to evaluate the field joint blaster when used in the field. With the outcome of the evaluations, the working of the field joint blaster was optimized.

Conventional field joint blasting is typically a time consuming manual operation, not without safety, health and environmental risks, since the process produces a lot of dust and thus also potential pollution. Furthermore the quality assurance demands a lot of effort and discipline.

Being informed about the performance of the Selmers joint vacuum blaster, used in the offshore industry, Denys took contact with Selmers and both agreed that the joint vacuum blaster could be adapted to the onshore pipeline construction and would remedy the shortcoming of manual joint blasting.

Indeed, the Selmers field joint vacuum blaster is developed to improve cycle times and produce identical blasted joints considering roughness and cleanness. Taken into account the environment, the design of Selmers blaster is dust free and the abrasive is re-used in the integrated abrasive reclaim system.

The advantages of this closed loop vacuum blaster:

  • Internal grit recovery
  •  High blasting capacity
  • Installed on the pipeline under construction
  • Result: cleanness level SA2½ or better
  • Clean process (minimal abrasive loss)
  • Operator friendly
  • Automated and remote controlled process
  • Safe & environmental friendly
  • Low noise level in comparison to manual blasting
  • Maintenance friendly
  • Quick return on investment

For more information concerning the field joint blaster program or other equipment related to pipe blasting, coating or handling equipment, please contact us by sending an email or call +31 251 211 999.


Pictured: Jean Claude Van de Wiele, Johan van Wassenhove, Bart Appelman, Luc Hoppenbrouwers and Michael Hiam

Pictured: Jean Claude Van de Wiele, Johan van Wassenhove, Bart Appelman, Luc Hoppenbrouwers and Michael Hiam


Awarded field joint blaster

Onshore field joint blaster