Hot Tap Solutions

Since the early 1930s, hot tapping has been used to gain access to trapped pressure. Hot tapping equipment has not changed significantly since the early days. A drill is used to gain access to casing – tubing of a valve with pressure trapped behind it. This is achieved by balancing pressures to enable drilling safely into the pressured area. In order for the drill to gain access, a weld on fitting of clamp is used to allow threaded access to the area that will be hot tapped. A valve is connected to these threads, pressure tested, and then used to equalize the pressure on both sides of the area to be tapped. The drill is able to contain pressure while advancing and rotating. This allows safe completion of the hot tapping.

High Arctic has Hot Tap equipment and personnel available for 1.66″ to 5.55″ pipe with working pressures up to 3,000 psi (21,000 kPa). High Arctic stocks a wide variety of subs and swages for all drilling and tubing threads. High pressure unions up to 15,000 psi and specialty unions are available.

  • Pressure Contained Drill w/ 1/2″-1″ drill bits
  • Clamps from 2″-5 1/2″
  • Other equipment designed, developed and manufactured as
  • Hot Tap Equipment:
  • Hot Tap kits are available for 1.66″ to 5.50″ pipe with working pressures up to 3,000 psi (21,000 kPa). Kits include saddle, hot tap drill, Baker pump hose and gauges, all necessary weld ouellette connections, valves, seals, o-rings, replacement drill bits, and a complete set of hand tools to perform the hot tap operation.[/two_third]