What is a hot tap?

Hot tap refers to welding on a piece of equipment (pipelines, vessels, or tanks) under pressure to establish connections or appurtenances. It is often used in repair, maintenance and services activities to replace or add parts of pipeline for air, gas, water, steam, and petrochemical distribution systems without interrupting service.

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