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Recommendations for Field Inspection and Repair of Tenaris Premium Connections.

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1. Scope 2. Field of Application 3. Reference Documents 4. Definitions and Abbreviations 5. Procedure 6. Records 7. Enclosures

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Date of issue: September 01, 2003 Prepared by: Rubn Stubelt Checked by: Giulio Curetti Approved by: Rolando Lange Rev.: 06 Date: December 12, 2005 Document: RP_INSP_REP

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Scope This procedure should be used as a guideline to inspect, classify and repair pipes or accessories threaded with Tenaris connections. The recommendations contained herein apply to both new and used products in field or stock yard condition. Do not use this document to repair in a machine shop.

2.

Field of application All Tenaris Premium Connections are covered by this document.

3.

Reference documents Latest revision of API 5A5

4.

Definitions and abbreviations N/A

5.

Procedure

5.1. Product identification Verify that all pipes or accessories are properly identified. Should original manufacturing identification no longer be visible, identify each piece to be inspected with a sequential number. 5.2. Cleaning Remove thread protectors only when ready for inspection. Remove all traces of storage compound from thread area. The use of a high-pressure washer is recommended. A non-chlorine solvent may be used provided all solvent residue are eliminated. After cleaning, it is necessary to provide for a complete drying of thread and seal areas. The use of wire brushes or other abrasive methods is forbidden. Clean and dry thread protectors. 5.3. Connection inspection Connection inspection will only be visual. No thread gauges, seal gauges or any other measurement instruments shall be used. Perform a thorough visual inspection of each of the connections areas listed on Sections 5.9 and 5.10.

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5.4. Connection classification After inspection, pipe can be classified under one of the following categories: -With thread and seal in perfect condition. These products can be run / re-run without any further repair work. -With thread that must be hand repaired. Seal shall be in perfect condition. -With threads that must be re-cut at a Tenaris licensed workshop. 5.5. Connections to be run / re-run without repair work This classification applies when no damage has been found on either end. Thread surface treatment shall be in perfect condition. 5.6. Connections to be hand repaired Identify rejected pipe end using a red tape or red tag. Perform the repair work in accordance to Sections 5.9 and 5.10. Unless the pipe will be used immediately apply a new layer of storage compound and re-install the clean protector. 5.7. Connections to be re-cut Identify rejected pipe end using a red tape or red tag. Send the damaged product to the nearest Tenaris licensed workshop. If one of the two threaded ends is acceptable, apply a new layer of storage compound and reinstall the clean protector. 5.8. Hand repair operation Any hand repair operation must be done by Tenaris personnel or by a third party company with personnel that have been trained, qualified and certified for this specific job, by Tenaris. 5.8.1. Hand repair evaluation Any connection which has been hand repaired, will only be considered acceptable if the damage has been completely removed and hand repair has not significantly changed the shape of the repaired area. If after repairing, the connection is not acceptable, the product shall be classified as "Connection to be re-cut" and shall be sent to the nearest Tenaris licensed workshop. If after repairing, the connection is acceptable, apply a new layer of storage compound and reinstall the clean protector. Tenaris suggests performing a new thread surface treatment when: - After repairing, it is possible to see the materials base color; - Repaired pipes will not be run / re-run immediately. All products subject to hand repair shall be properly identified with the legend Repaired Note: In case of any doubt concerning repair of Pins and Boxes, the criteria of the Tenaris Specialist must be followed.

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5.9. Damage evaluation on pin


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Table 2 Pin end element Internal counter bore Shoulder Area 1 Rust Remove by file or emery paper Remove by file or emery paper Pitting (1) Remove by file or emery paper Re-cut the thread Scratch Accepted Friction marks N/A Galling N/A Dent Accepted

Radius between seal & shoulder Seal area (4) Cylindrical section Perfect thread length Imperfect thread (3)

Remove by Remove by file or emery file or emery paper paper Re-cut the thread Remove by file or emery paper Remove by file or emery paper Re-cut the thread Remove by file or emery paper Re-cut the thread

Remove by Remove by file or file or emery paper emery paper Remove by Remove by file or file or emery paper emery paper Re-cut the thread Accepted Re-cut the thread N/A

Re-cut the thread Re-cut the thread

Re-cut the thread Remove by file or emery paper Re-cut the thread Remove by file or emery paper Re-cut the thread Remove by file or emery paper

4 5 6

Re-cut the thread N/A

Remove by Remove by file or emery file or emery paper paper

Remove by Remove by Re-cut the file or file or thread (2) emery paper emery paper Accepted Accepted Re-cut the thread (2)

(1) Minor pitting may be accepted subject to Tenaris Specialist approval. (2) Depending on damage severity and extension, repair is allowed only if performed by a Tenaris Specialist. (3) In this area the use of a grinder to repair the connections is allowed. (4) Minor imperfections may be accepted by a Tenaris specialist. Note: After any field repair the application of Moly-disulfide spray, prior to applying the thread compound, is recommended.

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5.10. Damage evaluation on box


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Box end element Perfect thread

Area 1

Rust Remove by file or emery paper Remove by file or emery paper Re-cut the thread Remove by file or emery paper Remove by file or emery paper

Pitting

Table 3 Scratch Accepted

Re-cut the thread Remove by file or emery paper Re-cut the thread Re-cut the thread Remove by file or emery paper

Cylindrical 2 thread area Seal area (2) Shoulder 3 4

Accepted Re-cut the thread Accepted

Friction marks Remove by file or emery paper Accepted Re-cut the thread Remove by file or emery paper N/A

Galling Re-cut the thread (1) Re-cut the thread (1) Re-cut the thread Re-cut the thread N/A

Dent Re-cut the thread Remove by file or emery paper Re-cut the thread Re-cut the thread Remove by file or emery paper

Face

Accepted

(1) Depending on damage severity and extension, repair is allowed only if performed by a Tenaris Specialist. (2) Minor imperfections may be accepted by a Tenaris specialist. Note: After any field repair the application of Moly-disulfide spray, prior to applying the thread compound, is recommended. 5.11. Other items to be considered What follows is a list of other thread conditions that may require hand repair by a Tenaris specialist. 5.11.1. Burrs on black crest thread Burrs as shown in the picture below are not acceptable and shall be removed with a small emery paper.

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Burrs as shown in picture below are acceptable only on non flank to flank connections, on flank to flank connections (e.g. Tenaris 3SB) this burrs must be removed. When removing them care should be taken not to push them towards the thread flanks where they could be more dangerous.

Burrs are not allowed in perfect thread area. 5.11.2. Tong marks on coupling OD Gripping marks can be dangerous depending on their location. A: The area of the coupling near the bearing face has the minimum wall thickness and therefore special care should be taken with tong marks. The coupling shall be rejected if the notch reaches the coupling face. B: The mid area of the coupling has the maximum wall thickness. Marks on this area can be accepted according to API specification. See Table 1.

B A

Table 1 Acceptable Depth of External Coupling Defects (A.P.I. Specification) Coupling Diameter Tubing < 3 1/2 3 to 4 < 6 5/8 Casing 6 5/8 to 7 5/8 > 7 5/8 Rounded defects Inch mm 0.030 0.76 0.045 1.14 0.035 0.89 Inch mm 0.045 1.14 0.060 1.52 Sharp defect Inch 0.025 0.030 0.030 Inch 0.040 0.040

mm 0.64 0.76 0.76 mm 1.02 1.02

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5.11.3. Tong marks on re-cut pin end Tong marks from making up or breaking out a connection may remain on thread crest after the connection has been re-cut. To determine the acceptance of tong marks the connection shall be divided in three sections each having the same length. In section 1 and 2 the thread must be free of tong marks. In section 3 the thread could have some tong marks, never deeper than half the thread height at any point.
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5.11.4. Radius between the cylindrical part of the thread and the seal

Radius

The radius must be smooth and without any galling marks, pitting or any other defects. 5.11.5. Over-torque Damage to pin nose and box shoulder can occur when a torque higher than the designated maximum torque value is applied during make up. Connections subject to over-torque must be rejected. An over-torque condition can be easily detected on the coupling ID by finger touch.

Torque shoulder

Metal to metal seal Plastic deformation due to overtorque

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5.12. Surface Treatment After re-cutting, the surface must be re-coated as per product specifications. 6. Records The manufacturer shall issue a report specifying: number of inspected ends, number of rejected ends, hand-repaired and accepted ends. 7. Enclosures N/A