The mobile radiography team in the Copper Basconducting pipeline radiography.

Cooper Basin Pipelines

Vertech Group completed a highly successful project proving our pipeline inspection package. The scope focused on inspecting interconnecting flowlines that ranged from 3” through to 8” in Diameter and ran from Ballera in Southwest Queensland (QLD) through to Moomba in South Australia (SA).

Vertech Group completed the project on time and within budget, utilising conventional film processing, Rigaku external X-ray systems and JME Crawler systems with mobile truck-mounted labs.

The Importance of Pipeline Radiography

Cooper Basin Case Study Pipeline Inspection.

Pipeline radiography is highly effective in inspecting new pipelines during construction to ensure defects-free before being put into service. This can help prevent costly and potentially dangerous failures in the future. During construction, the pipeline is inspected using radiography to detect any flaws, such as welding defects or material inclusions, before the pipeline is buried or put into operation. Regular inspection and testing of new and in-service pipelines are essential to ensure the safe and reliable transportation of liquids or gases over long distances.

Project Location

The mobile radiography team in the Copper Basin conducting pipeline radiography

The Cooper Basin has significant onshore petroleum and natural gas deposits, with pipelines transporting gas to the major markets of Brisbane, Adelaide, and Sydney. The basin covers approximately 127,000 sqm and extends across the northeast of South Australia and southwest of Queensland.


The oil and gas window is located 1,250 m below the surface and was initially discovered in the 1960s (although there are more significant oil and gas deposits offshore). The first commercial discovery of gas occurred in 1963. 


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Cooper Basin Case Study
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