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Golden joint Issue

Golden joint Issue

Golden joint Issue

Hi All,

We have been asked as Client for approval to make 02 Golden Joints (to avoid Hydrotest) on 18'' SS piping THK 48-50mm, in order to fix a misalignement of this line. This line has been already hydrotested (Design pressure 106bar).
Can somebody give me a technical point of view, if it's acceptable or not & if there is any Standard ruling this type of job?


RE: Golden joint Issue

IMO, it's the Owner's responsibility to determine the acceptance of the golden joint.
Typically, it may be applied to the offshore or LNG module to module tie-in, and kept to only one joint per system.

RE: Golden joint Issue

I have seen similar Owner approvals a few times in the past.

RE: Golden joint Issue

Owner's responsibility. Used quite often in the tie of pipelines at new road crossings, or other places where hydrotesting 1 or 2 weld joints is impossible, or extremely impractical.

A black swan to a turkey is a white swan to the butcher ... and to Boeing.

RE: Golden joint Issue

18" pipe 45-50 mm THICK??? For only 106 bar DP this looks very odd.

How are they fixing this "misalignment"?

How can they have hydrotested it before and only now, after hydro, do they want to do something about it?

Nothing here makes sense. I would make them hydro it again if it was their fault and they are introducing something in a line that thick.

Remember - More details = better answers
Also: If you get a response it's polite to respond to it.

RE: Golden joint Issue

Good catch. I didn't see it.

A black swan to a turkey is a white swan to the butcher ... and to Boeing.

RE: Golden joint Issue

What is the applicable code / standard ?
B31.3 allows minor repairs or additions after testing without having to retest but fixing misalignment on 48-50 mm thick pipe would generally not be considered minor.
From a Clients perspective the first thing I would be asking is how they intend to rectify the misalignment ?

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