Pipeline study aims at benchmarking operators' performances

A group of seven European oil pipeline companies joined together in late 2000 to initiate a comparative performance analysis of pipeline operations.The group commissioned Solomon Associates Ltd., Henley on Thames, UK, to perform the benchmarking study. Solomon Associates is known for having developed refinery performance analysis over the last 20 years. Much historic pipeline benchmarking has concentrated on reliability and integrity issues. This project placed additional emphasis on comparisons of resource consumption (i.e., cash costs), and manpower. This article describes the approach taken and provides sufficient data to permit approximate comparisons of a pipeline company's total...

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