The Inpex LNG team including NDT Inspectors, Electricians and EEHA inspectors, Mechanical fitters, riggers and supervisors who supported the Ichthys LNG (ILNG) greenfield construction and commissioning project in Darwin NT

Downstream

The closer an industrial company is to supplying consumers with products, the further downstream it is said to be in the industry. Downstream operations in oil and gas terms are processes that occur after the production phase to the point of sale. Companies engaged in the downstream process include Liquified natural gas plants, oil refineries, petroleum product distributors, petrochemical plants, natural gas distributors, and retail outlets

Vertech’s Downstream team includes highly specialised, technically experienced management staff supported by high-performing, multi-skilled site-based teams. Our team is armed with the latest technology, proprietary inspection tools, and cutting-edge software solutions. We consistently strive for excellence through our commitment to innovation, having the best people, and putting our client first.

Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) Plant

Natural gas is one of the world’s most important sources of energy supplying approximately 30% of the world’s energy demand. LNG is natural gas in its liquid form which has been cooled to cryogenic temperatures of approximately -160°C to form liquid that occupies only 1/600 of the volume for more economic and practical storage which is completed in the complex processes of an LNG plant.

LNG facilities in Australia Include Inpex’s ILNG, Woodside energy’s Karratha Gas plant (KGP) and Pluto facilities, Chevrons Gorgon and Wheatstone assets, Shell’s QGC, the Santos Gladstone (GLNG) and Darwin (DLNG) facilities, and the Conoco Phillips operated Australia Pacific LNG (APLNG)

An image an LNG plant looking down over the fin fan area and beyond
OUR PRINCIPAL SERVICES TO LNG ASSETS INCLUDE:

Import terminals

Imports of crude oil increased gradually over the past twenty years as production from Australia’s producing fields declined making import terminals critical to Australian innovation, industry and commerce.  Australia has 67 import terminals, or bulk fuel storage terminals. Like most of Australia’s population, all 67 bulk terminals are in coastal areas with exception to BP’s terminal in Kalgoorlie in Western Australia.

With the Australian and New Zealand reliance on coastal infrastructure and imports of refined product growing year on year integrity, inspection and maintenance of these assets is more critical to our nation than ever before.

A vertech IRATA rope access team conducting rope access coating remediation, repairs, NACE inspection and other fabric maintenance works on a jetty
OUR PRINCIPAL SERVICES TO IMPORT TERMINALS INCLUDE:

Pipelines

The design, construction, testing, operations, and maintenance of high-pressure gas transmission pipelines made of steel are underpinned by Australian Standard (AS) 2885, Pipelines – Gas & Liquid Petroleum. Australia has more than 39,000 kilometres of 300mm diameter (or more) natural gas transmission pipelines that efficiently transport gas under high pressure.

A fun fact Australia’s first pipeline was commissioned in the late 1800s to transport water to the Coolgardie gold fields setting a worldwide precedent by being more than 10 times longer than any other existing pipeline in the world.

A sonomatic advanced NDT raptor system conducting non destructive testing on a pipeline
OUR PRINCIPAL SERVICES TO PIPELINES INCLUDE:
  • Pipeline Inspection Package (V-PIIP)
  • Mobile Digital Radiography Vehicles
  • Mobile Conventional Radiography Processing facilities
  • Conventional Non-Destructive Testing (NDT)
  • Long Range Ultrasonic Testing (LRUT)
  • Time of Flight Diffraction (ToFD)
  • Phased Array (PA)
  • Alternating Current Field Measurement (ACFM)
  • Pulsed Eddy Current (PEC)
  • Pipeline X-ray Crawlers

Storage Terminals

Storage terminals are becoming critical as Australia relies on refined fuel imports, having closed the majority of its local refineries and converted them to import terminals. This makes effective inspection and maintenance routines of our storage facilities more critical than ever which is why we have invested heavily in our Tank testing division.

An oil terminal is an industrial facility for the storage of oil, petroleum, and petrochemical products either short term or long term before distribution to retail or end customer outlets.  An oil terminal typically has a variety of large above or below ground tankage; facilities for inter-tank transfer; pumping facilities; loading facilities for filling transportation vehicles and or pipeline connections.

 

A picture of the Vertech rope access trades and Rope access NDT personnel during the Gorgon LNG construction project on Barrow island
OUR STORAGE TERMINAL AND TANK TESTING SERVICES INCLUDE:

Refineries

Petroleum refineries convert crude oil and other liquids into many petroleum products that people use every day. To refine the crude oil a three-step process involving separation, conversion and treatment occurs through complex processes. Australia only has two refineries remaining located in Lytton (Brisbane) and Geelong (VIC). The owners of the Geelong refineries have announced plans to convert that facility into an import terminal adding to the 67 current import terminals across the country.

Many people don’t realise the broad use of petroleum products in our everyday lives including surprising items like deodorant, lip sticks, Anaesthetics, shampoo and even clothes.

A stock image of a downstream oil and gas refinery
OUR PRINCIPAL SERVICES TO REFINERIES INCLUDE:

DOWNSTREAM KEY SERVICE LINES

A image of the SIMS asset integrity system that takes advanced and conventional NDT information and provides statistical analysis and 3D digital twins for integroty management purposes
ASSET INTEGRITY MANAGEMENT
The karratha gas plant LNG berths with decking and netting installed by vertech rope access personnel for fabric maintenance purposes.
SPECIALIST ACCESS MANAGEMENT
Rope Access NDT Inspection.
NON-DESTRUCTIVE TESTING
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Inspection on an internal marine tank
AERIAL & ROBOTIC INSPECTION
Vertech IRATA rope access personnel conducting Marine loading arm (MLA) maintenance, insepciton and repair on an LNG faility in karratha
SPECIALIST MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR
A Geo Oceans falcon ROV carrying a sonomatic inspection tool for subsea piping inspection.
IN-WATER INSPECTION