The Cool Click
A Calgary company hopes to reverse the fortunes of the pipeline industry, one weldless joint at a time
BRINGING A NEW OILFIELD PRODUCT TO MARKET IS ALWAYS
a risky bet. But bringing one to market during the tumult of 2014 must have felt like a game of Russian roulette. Luckily for CORE Linepipe, the previous years of study they put into perfecting their ClickWeld pipe joint system provided some peace of mind. And it’s paying off.
Today, the Calgary-based company says it generates about $10 million in manufacturing and service revenue, much of it from oil fields in Saskatchewan. ClickWeld, the technology at its heart, is a mechanical pipeline-joining system that eliminates the need for conventional field welding—and all the costs that come along with it. What’s more, CORE Pipeline claims that, once completed, the ClickWeld joint is stronger even than the base pipeline.
But the key to ClickWeld isn’t just the money and the time the company says it can save. It’s the pipeline’s patent-pending coating. “We saw a segment in the market that wasn’t being properly addressed—where pipeline operators didn’t have a lot of choices,” says CORE Linepipe president Sam Bouey. “So we decided to provide the solution.”
What that solution looks like is prefabricated sections of pipeline that, because they don’t need to be welded together,
CORE LINEPIPE PRESIDENT SAM BOUEY INSIDE THE COMPANY’S CROSSFIELD, ALBERTA FACTORY